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Freddie Stowers

371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Infantry Division

Corporal, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

South Carolina

Died:

9/28/1918

Grave Location:

Plot F, Row 36, Grave 40

Cpl. Freddie Stowers was drafted into the Army in 1917.  Because the Armed Forces were segregated at the time, Stowers was assigned to the 93rd Division, a unit comprised of African Americans serving under white officers. Troops from the 93rd Division attacked Hill 188 on September 28, 1918. As the Americans advanced, German forces signaled their surrender. This proved to be a ruse. The Germans bombarded the approaching Americans with mortars and machinegun fire. When his commanding officers fell to this enemy fire, Stowers assumed command of the platoon. Breaking through the forward defenses, Stowers led a charge on a second line of German trenches. During this advance he was hit twice by machinegun fire and collapsed. What remained of the 93rd Division went on to capture Hill 188. 

Stowers was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor in 1991 by George H. W. Bush.

Awards: Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

Freddie Stowers is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot F, Row 36, Grave 40.