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Rothacker Childs Smith State of Birth: NY Home State: AL, Male, Black or African American War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945 Status: Veteran Dates of Service: 1943-1945 EOS: Drafted Branch of Service: Army Unit of Service: 366th Infantry Regiment Location of Service: Southern Italy Prisoner of War: Yes Service History Note: Veteran served as a medic with an all Black infantry regiment. In 7/1944, the regiment was attached to the 92nd Division, and engaged in combat for the first time.

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