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Re: Last Living Buffalo Soldier

Lloyd,

Reference the number of surviving Buffalo Soldiers, I yield with courtesy to Anthony Powell, Tony Dorty, Art Burton, Sharon Heist and others on on this one.

Some researchers and historians state that the era of the Buffalo Soldiers ended in 1898 after the deployment of the four regiments (9th and 10th Cavalry - 24th and 25th Infantry) from the Western Frontier to Cuba. Others state it ended during World War II when the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments were deactivated. The World War II 92nd Infantry Division was known as the Buffaloes or Buffalo Division, and many who served in it now call themselves Buffalo Soldiers. However, one veteran of the 92nd called me a few years ago and stated that he nor his fellow soldiers were ever referred to as being a Buffalo Soldier while serving in the unit during WW II. Fifty years later he told someone that he had served in the 92nd and the reply was, "Oh, you are a Buffalo Soldier."

I believe the soldiers who served in the 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea were also called Buffalo Soldiers. Then there are the modern day "Buffalo Soldiers" who are merely members of a Buffalo Soldier organization.

There is much more, and as you can see so far the Buffalo Soldier legend is quite complicated, and as previously stated, I yield.......

Bennie


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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