Millage J. Gomillion papers 1918 March 7- November 8

South Caroliniana Library

Millage J. Gomillion

Millage J. Gomillion served in World War I as a corporal in Co. I, 371st Infantry. The 371st Infantry Regiment was comprised of African American soldiers, and formed at Camp Jackson on 31 August 1917, before they moved to France in April 1918 and were transferred to the French command. Gomillion was awarded the Croix de Guerre by France in recognition for his dedication and service during the war.

Gomillion grew up in Ridge Spring, South Carolina and worked for Benjamin Boatwright’s family, to whom Gomillion sent the nine letters in the collection, dated from 17 July 1918 to 8 November 1918. Within his letters, Gomillion updated the Boatwright family about his experiences in France and in combat. He also reminisced about living with the Boatwrights and missing the rich food he had at home.

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