From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

McElroy, Hugh

(born: 1884  -  died: 1971) 

McElroy was born in Springfield, KY, the son of Sarah and Thomas McElroy. Though under age, McElroy enlisted in the 10th Cavalry and served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He also fought in the Philippines Insurrection, the border campaigns in Mexico in 1916, and in Europe during World War I. During World War II, he was head janitor at Ellington Field in Houston, TX. He was the first African American to be pictured in advertisements for war bonds.

For more see Black Defenders of America, by R. E. Greene; and R. A. Burns, "Hugh McElroy" in The Handbook of Texas - Online.

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