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Fort Des Moines Provisional Army Officer Training School

Des Moines, Iowa
County of Polk.
National Register Number: 74000805
Resource type: District.
Property type: Defense - military facility. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: IA-3 Certified Local Government: YES
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Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 30, 1974):
Here, on June 17, 1917, one thousand Black college men and 200 noncommissioned officers from the 24th and 25th Infantry and the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments were sworn into the Provisional Army Officer Training School; on October 15, 639 men graduated from the course and received their commissions. Black units led by the officers trained here were assembled in France as the 92nd Division; this gallant division, composed entirely of African-American troops, received many citations and awards for meritorious and distinguished conduct in combat against the Imperial German Army on the approaches to Metz in the Lorraine.

Bulidings 71, 72, 73, 74, and 75 have serverly deteriorated roofing materials of Slate and Shingles. This is causing leaking to the interior of the buildings and may cause structual damage. These buildings need brick work and tuck-pointing. There are two (2) chimeny structures that will requrire rebuilding to stabilize them so they will not colapse.

There are no additional changes since the last reporting period.

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