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Fighting Two Wars at Once: The World War I Veterans of Quakertown

Camp Alexander

One of five U.S. Army Embarkation Camps established in 1917 to house and train troops awaiting shipment overseas. Camp Alexander was established in August 1917 as a part of Camp Hill  and later separately named. The camp housed mostly black stevedore regiments and labor battalions awaiting shipment overseas. Thirty labor Battalions were organized and sent overseas from Camp Alexander and three were organized for duty at Newport News. Over 50,000 black enlisted stevedores and laborers were sent overseas from Camp Alexander.,labor%20battalions%20awaiting%20shipment%20overseas.