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Re: WWII 92nd "Buffalo " Division in Italy
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Thanks for the post on one of my favorite topics of World War II, the 92nd Infantry Division. However, I get angry everytime I think about the way those young American patriots were debased by a group of incompetent and prejudice leaders, who were given the assignments through the "good ole boy" system by their superiors who held the same prejudices.
Almond was the brother-in-law of General George C. Marshall, and my source states he was from South Carolina.
The following clearly tells you the attitude of Almond:
Sergeant Willard A. Williams, 366th Infantry Regiment stated, "General Almond, the 93nd's commanding officer, a real home-grown ______, called us together. In lieu of the customary battle-orientation talk of what we were fighting for, he chose to tell us that we were not there at his request but because of outside pressure. He let us know he didn't give a hoot about having us but since we were there he would make use of us. He did, as cannon fodder. The general said we'd have our share of the casualties; he wasn't kidding. General Almond had his own sarcastic way of reminding this green combat unit that they had better make good because of the folks back home. You can imagine from this what the atmosphere was like upon our entry on the front line. We were an all-black regiment attached to three black regiments that had predominantly white officers. There is a great misunderstanding on the part of the general population thinking that the majority of the officers of the 92nd were black, with white staff officers. This is not so. There were white officers in the 92nd from the rank of lieutenant up. I would guess the officer ratio was between 60 to 70 percent white. To try and blame the weakness of this division on its black officers who were mostly 2nd lieutenants is just too ridiculous to contemplate."
My next post will be about what Lieutenant General Mark Clark, commander of the 5th Army, said about the 92nd, plus a response by Colonel Howard D. Queen, commander of the all-black 366th Infantry Regiment.
I will also post excerpts from a letter Marine General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller wrote to his wife after visiting Almond's X Corps Headquarters in Korea, plus I have a personal story to tell about some equipment abandoned in North Korea by the Air Force and brought back into South Korea by the Marines.
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