AfriGeneas Military Research Forum
Another Obituary for a WWII Vet
Buffalo Soldier Elmer C. Terry
Thursday, December 22, 2005; Page B06
Elmer C. Terry, 86, a retired administrator at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and a former Buffalo soldier who served in Italy during World War II, died of a heart attack, sepsis and stroke Nov. 23 at Washington Hospital Center.
A lifelong Washingtonian, Mr. Terry was president of his 1931 class at B.K. Bruce Elementary School. He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1937 and attended Howard University.
During the war, he served in the field artillery of the 92nd Infantry Division of the 5th Army, the Buffalo Soldiers division of the Army in Italy. It was made up of black troops, although the highest-level officers were white. The soldiers wore a buffalo shoulder patch that symbolically tied them to the 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments of the post-Civil War era in the American West, who were dubbed "Buffalo Soldiers" purportedly because their dark skin and hair reminded Indians of the American bison.