Investigations

Red Hand Flag

The Case:

During her last active duty posting with the Army at Ft. Jackson, a Desert Storm veteran from South Carolina learned about a local, all-but-forgotten African-American infantry regiment in WWI.

Years later, she purchased a worn red-white-red striped flag with a red felted hand sewn in the center and small U.S. flags sewn in the corner.

Our contributor would like to know if her flag was carried into battle by one of the few African-American infantry regiments that fought in WWI under the command of the French.

These unsung heroes of the Great War exhibited extraordinary heroism in battle and were highly decorated.

If this particular flag has French origins, though, why is it red-white-red-striped and not blue-white-red like the tricolor flag?

History Detectives investigates whether this flag can be linked to the legacy of the Red Hand Division and its wartime triumphs.


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Aired:
Season 6, Episode 2

Detective:
Elyse Luray Location:
Columbia, South Carolina

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