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Gallery: Dedication of the Rainbow Soldier Statue

One hundred years after Alabama National Guard troops boarded eight trains to New York on their way to the battlefields of France, officials in Montgomery dedicated a bronze monument in their honor.

The soldiers became the 167th U.S. Infantry of the 42nd Rainbow Division and distinguished themselves in pivotal battles in Europe. Their casualties were heavy, with 616 men killed in action and more than 1,000 wounded.

In May 1919, about 1,600 survivors of 167th returned to Alabama as heroes, celebrated with parades in Huntsville, Athens, Anniston, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.

The Statue was donated by longtime Montgomery Philanthropist Nimrod Frazer.

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