May 30, 1943: Private William Walker killed by local sheriff while stationed at Camp Van Dorn

When the members of the African American 364th regiment arrived at Camp Van Dorn, they refused to be segregated at the camp and challenged segregation in the nearby town of Centreville. Racial tension ran high, and when Private Walker was killed, the 364th rioted. In December the 364th was sent to the Aleutian Islands, where they performed garrison duty for the remainder of the war.

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