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Buffalo Soldiers Reburied

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Three members of the famed post-Civil War-era Buffalo Soldiers, whose remains were disinterred during a federal grave-looting investigation two years ago, were given full military honors and reburied Tuesday at a national cemetery.

In an emotional tribute more than 130 years after their deaths, U.S. Army Pvts. Thomas Smith, Levi Morris and David Ford were laid to rest in wooden boxes at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Sketches of their faces adorned posters nearby.

Members of the Tucson-based Arizona Buffalo Soldiers Association, in full period dress, served as pallbearers. Later, they sang a rendition of the calvary song "Boots and Saddles," as about 100 people, including veterans and government officials, watched on.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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