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Obituary to a wonderfull man Frank Richard Steele one of the Wild Buffalos of the 10th Cavalry! Frank was the only child born to Sidney Richard and Hilda McClaren Steeleon April 1st, 1922 in New York City. He made his transition on October 6, 2003 in Fresno, California. Frank graduated from Stuyvesant High School He enlisted as a private in the 10th Cavalry at West Point, New York 17 February 1940. In 1942, Frank was awarded the Shipp Memorial Trophy as the Outstanding Soldier in the 10th Cavalry. Frank had many promotions and many tours of duty, both domestic & foreign and retired as Major on 30 of June 1965. I knew this old soldier for many years like so many African Americans of his generation he made the army his life. His military career was like a text book on the 18 Feb 1941, he became a very young sergeant of the MG Troop, 10 Cav, at Ft. Leavenworth, KS in July 1942, Staff Sgt., HQ 2nd Squadron, 10th Cav, Camp Lockett, CA, 25 Dec 1942, Master Sgt., HQ 10th Cav, Camp Lockett, Jan 1944, Warrant Officer HQ 10th Cav, Camp Lockett, CA, He was discharged Dec 1945 after service in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Belgium. He reenlisted as Sgt, Adjutant General's Office, the Pentagon,in July 1948 he was promoted to Master Sgt. In Nov 1948 he was appointed Warrant Officer, Regular Army, Dec 1948 he received a Reserve Commission as 2nd Lt, Adjutant General's Corp from 1949 to 1953 he served in Germany as Personal Officer and Adjutant, 547 Engineer Combat Bn and as Chief, Admin Services Div 2nd Armored Div in 1953-1957 as a regular commissioned officer he served as Chief, Enlisted Personnel Div and Chief, Admin Services, Ft. Dix, NJ. He was promoted in 1954 in 1957 to 1960, served in Okinawa and Japan as Chief, Admin Services Div was again promoted this time to Major and from 1960 to 1965 served as Deputy AG and as Adjutant General, Ft. Dix, NJ

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