Perry W. James, IV

SGT. Rawhide A WWI Combat Hero

Purple Heart recipient Perry Loyd served valiantly in WWI as a sergeant in the 371st Infantry (Colored) Regiment. The men of the 371st performed as the “tip of the spear” during the largest battle the United States military had ever undertaken. SGT RAWHIDE explores the Jim Crow South, the U.S. entry into WWI and authentically narrates the experience of African American soldiers drafted during that time. It candidly reveals the political mindset and subsequent influence marking the beginning of the civil rights movement. Against the backdrop of the “War to End All Wars,” the occasional peek into Perry’s life before, during, and after the war adds depth and insight into the life of a man committed to fighting for democracy abroad and back at home in the United States.


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