: Left half of a panoramic photograph taken at Charles Young's funeral service at the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.
Charles Young was the first African American to reach the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army and, at the time of his death in 1922, was the highest-ranking African American officer in the Army. He is known for having been forced into retirement due to health concerns before the start of World War I and later riding from Wilberforce, Ohio, to Washington, D.C. to prove his physical fitness for duty. View on Ohio Memory.
: NAM_OVS3a Subjects
: African American soldiers; Military officers; World War I, 1914-1918; African American men; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Young, Charles, 1864-1922. Places
: Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Va.)