Amherst College Bicentennial Black Cat Enamel Pin

Amherst College Bicentennial Black Cat Enamel Pin

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In 1917, 24 Amherst students enlisted in the U.S. Army and signed up to drive ambulances for the French army. The recruits came from all four classes and together formed an ambulance corps known as the Black Cats, though their official name was the Section Sanitaire Unit 539. They drove Model T ambulances, each emblazoned with the Black Cat logo—an angry cat with arched back and upright tail, black against a white background—and throughout the war, they transported wounded soldiers and civilians to medical stations and hospitals.

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