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William J. Warfield, the soldier pictured above is my great grandfather and I would like to know why he is listed as having been part of the 369th NY. He was from Chicago, IL part of the 93rd Div., 8th Infantry.
Hi Leslie – thank you for your question. If I interpret the caption correctly (“Major J.R. White, Lieutenant Colonel Otis B. Duncan … and Lieutenant W.J. Warfield of the 369th (NY) and 370th (IL)…”), it is stating that these three men were, collectively, from the 369th and 370th Infantry Regiments, without specifying which men were attached to which regiment. According to the lineage of the 178th Infantry Regiment (Eighth Illinois; see https://history.army.mil/html/forcestruc/lineages/branches/inf/0178in.htm), this unit was redesignated as the 370th Infantry during World War I. Please let me know if you have further questions about this image; alternatively, you can email our reference staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I kindly thank you for the clarification.
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