Now, I’m almost certain that I have the correct WWI Draft Registration of Harry Covington as it shows his race as “negro”.
Black men were segregated into all black units, the 92nd and the 93rd division. Harry’s assignment with the 92nd Division, 317th Sanitary Train, Field Hospital 368.
Some of this information below came from the following source: https://www.reclaimi...in-world-war-1/
But what is a “Sanitary Train”? The Sanitary train was essentially a part of the medical team.
The sick and wounded after receiving emergency treatment from the medical corps personnel at the regimental, battalion or support unit level were evacuated to the next phase of physician directed care which was provided by the infantry division’s Sanitary Train.
This 950 man unit consisted of a:
• Train Headquarters
• Ambulance Section
• Field Hospital Section
• Camp Infirmaries
• Divisional Medical Supply Unit
The word ‘train’ identifies units assigned to support the entire infantry division. There were four trains: Ammunition, Supply, Engineer and Sanitary. All of these were mobile and relied on their horse drawn and motor vehicles to perform their supporting roles.
The role of the Sanitary Train was to provide medical care for the entire division through its ambulance and field hospital sections and Camp Infirmaries.
The National Archives in College Park, Maryland has the original records of the 368th Field Hospital.
Unlike the other Field Hospitals, the 368th did not operate as an actual hospital, but as a mobile unit.
https://theworldwar.... Sanitary Train
On this website are transcribed and digitized interviews of two African-American men who had also served in the 317th Sanitary Train during World War I.
These interviews provide details about their experience. The soldiers sailed to France on two sister ships named the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific. The trip took 7 days.
So far, I’ve not been able to find Harry Covington’s gravesite or any relatives information.
Edited by aznation, 04 September 2019 - 01:42 PM.