Black WWI soldier from Indiana gets commemorative headstone


REVIERS, FRANCE – APRIL 30: Tombstones stand at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery on April 30, 2019 near Reviers, France. June 6, 2019, will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, in which a massive Allied force of U.S., British, Canadian, French and troops from other nationalities landed at beaches in Normandy to begin their push to liberate France from Nazi occupation during World War II. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A black soldier who was buried in an unmarked Indiana grave is getting proper recognition for his military service in World War I nearly a half-century after his death.

The Journal and Courier reports the memorial for Leonard Inman is scheduled for Saturday at Spring Vale Cemetery in Lafayette. Inman served in the 809th Pioneer Infantry, Company C, during the war.

The General de Lafayette Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has installed a headstone for Inman, who died in 1973.

The chapter’s Regent Diana Vice says she made the discovery after purchasing the 1919 Tippecanoe County World War I Honor Roll book that only includes a small section delegated to the county’s 18 black soldiers.

Vice says Inman’s relatives are traveling from Nevada to attend the dedication.

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