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Re: IN-MEMORIAM - Lloyd Smith
In Response To: IN-MEMORIAM - Lloyd Smith ()
Dear Bennie and Afrigeneas Military Researchers:
I am so overwhelmed by Lloyd's passing. His words about the African-American military experience will remain here at Afrigeneas as a reminder of our ancestors' heroism and loyalty to the country we shaped and built. Perhaps Florida's native son James Weldon Johnson, author of the Negro National Anthem and the poem below will bring us some comfort.
"THE COLOR SERGEANT"
(On an Incident at the Battle of San Juan Hill )
by James Weldon Johnson 1871-1938
Under a burning tropic sun,
First in the charge up the fort-crowned hill,
He fell in the front where the fight grew fierce,
And while the battle around him rolled,
There he lay, without honor or rank,
"Fifty Years and Other Poems"