AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Alabama's 167th Infantry Regiment was part of the 42nd Division, created in August 1917 and is the focus of a new book, "Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division."
The nickname "Rainbow Division" represents the diversity of men from 25 other states grouped as one.
"The people who did the dirty work for us were ordinary people, farm boys, working class people from the streets," says author, Nimrod Frazer.
Frazer says the book took over seven years to create. He made several trips to France retracing the steps of the regiment in every battle.
"It was a privilege. I came to know many of these soldiers and many of these officers. They were great people," explains Frazer.
Frazer's research stems from stories from his father, who was a member of the Rainbow Division.
He used information from journals, letters and military reports to describe individual soldiers, including those with Auburn connections.
"I am a child of the Rainbow Division. I knew who the regimental commander was before I could read," says Frazer.
It serves as a reminder on this Veterans Day about one of the bloodiest wars of all time, killing an estimated 10 million soldiers and wounding 15 million more.
"We're a great country, we've got great fighters,” explains Frazer, “We're willing to fight for it, we still are."
"Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division" can be purchased on