“A Century Past: The 30th Division on the Western Front, 1918”
A century ago the US Army’s 30th Division served on the Western Front fighting under the direction of the British Army. The 30th was formed in 1917 made up primarily of South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee National Guard troops. They trained at Camp Sevier in Greenville, SC from September 1917 until they were ordered overseas the following summer.
Using artifacts from the CRR and loans from individuals and other institutions, the exhibition tells the story of the Division during its training through its combat on the Western Front fighting veteran German forces along the French and Belgium borders. During October 1918 five South Carolinians earned Medals of Honor for conspicuous bravery against heavy enemy fire.
The exhibition will also give a perspective of the other side through displays of German equipment, weapons, and a uniform. These objects will be supplemented with several photographs.