The African American veterans listed on this page rest in St. Augustine National Cemetery, St. Augustine, Florida. These men died in military service during WWI or after their service as veterans. While their contributions to the nation as soldiers and sailors were critical, white Americans’ racial attitudes forced them to serve in racially-segregated armed forces. When they came home, white Americans attacked them and their race in an attempt to turn back any attempt to improve their civil or political rights. Now these men rest beside their white comrades, finally honored for their service and sacrifice to the nation.
Students at UCF researched each one of these men and documented their lives using military service records, census reports, city directories, and any other available source. For a certain subset of these men, UCF student wrote brief biographies using this research. Students also researched and wrote essays on various aspects of World War I and the African American experiences during and after the war.