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Name: McKnight, Douglas (1895-1974)

Historical Note:

A native of Philadelphia, Douglas McKnight sailed to France in August, 1917, as a private in the 19th Engineers (Railway).  After attending the Army Engineer School in Langres, McKnight was promoted to Second Lieutenant and detailed to the 317th Engineers, an African-American regiment, then transferred to the 6th Engineers during the Meuse-Argonne offensive in the fall of 1918.  After the Armistice, McKnight was posted to Germany where he oversaw electrical work in American military facilities.  He was shipped home and discharged in April, 1919.

McKnight appears in the 1920 census, living with his father and stepmother outside Philadelphia.  He died in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1974.

Sources: Personal service history (two pages, typed) accompanying letters; online genealogical sources.
Note Author: Aaron M. Lisec

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