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772 men from Haywood County served in World War I. Of the twenty-one who lost their lives, eighteen were African American. The American Legion Post #0114 Swift-Crowder, Brownsville, Tennessee was named in honor of Privates Arthur Swift and John Crowder. Swift died of wounds received in battle and Crowder was killed in action. Private Arthur Smith is buried in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, France. Mrs. Lula Swift, wife of Private Arthur Smith was among the Gold Star Mothers offered the opportunity to visit her husband's grave in the 1930s. The GMHS is attempting to verify whether she traveled to France.
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