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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Finest Hour.

Sergeant Sam[2] Rivers is an African-American soldier who led a small tank battalion from 1st Armored Division of Patton's Third Army during World War II. Sam Rivers is only seen in the game Call of Duty: Finest Hour. He is playable in the level, Come Out Fighting.


Due to the bravery of Sam Rivers and the rest of his crew (who are also African-American), Sam Rivers was promoted to Sergeant.

Sam Rivers' role as Tank Commander in Tillet single player mission allows the player to operate an Allied Sherman Tank to help back up the Americans during the German assault on Bastogne. Sam Rivers kept fighting throughout war until his unit reached Remagen and met Lt. Walker's unit. He succeeded in taking Remagen and is later seen in the Last Bridge Standing level and talks to Chuck Walker before taking the bridge. He survived the war. He uses an M3 Grease Gun, and can pick up a Thompson, MP40 and a Panzerschreck.



  • Sam is seen in the German Dance Party easter egg as the person in white.
  • His name is a possible reference to jazz legend, Sam Rivers. It could also be a reference to Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers, a member of the 761 Tank Battalion who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.


  1. In Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Sam Rivers states that when he enlisted in the U.S. Army the day after Pearl Harbor, "I was only eighteen". The Attack on Pearl Harbor happened in December, 1941. Eighteen years before 1941 was 1923.
  2. Call of Duty: Finest Hour.