The 92nd Infantry Division

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Buffalo Soldier PatchThis is the official site of the 92nd Infantry (Buffalo) Division’s WWII Association as voted upon by the members of the Association. 

The 92nd Infantry Division was featured in Miracle at St. Anna – a 2008 movie Directed by Spike Lee and based on the novel by James McBride.  While Miracle at St. Anna is a fictional account of the 92nd, it’s based on actual interviews with members of the unit.  

The 92nd Infantry Division was a part of the 5th Army that served in the Italian Theater during World War II.  It was also the only infantry unit comprised entirely of African Americans, or, as they were referred to at the time – Colored Troops, to see combat in Europe.  During their time in Italy, from August of 1944 through the end of the war in May 1945, the 92nd advanced more than 3,000 square miles and captured more than 20,000 German prisoners.  They also suffered heavy casualties – with more than a quarter of the unit killed or wounded in action.  For their Deeds the 92nd earned more than 12,000 decorations and citations – including two Medals of Honor.

This site is intended to serve as a resource for those who wish to know more about the organization.  Navigate through the sidebar at the left for links to resources about the Buffalo Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division.  Watch the video below for a brief overview about African Americans serving in the military.

 

 

 

TCM Presents Movie about Black Soldiers in WWII

Turner Classic Movies will air “The Home of the Brave” Wednesday, August 17th at 8PM (ET).  The movie, which was released in 1949 and considered rather daring for that time, tells the story of a black soldier facing racism from his fellow soldiers in World War II.  For more information, click here

VE Day Commemoration 2015

I had the pleasure, and privilege, to attend the V-E Day Commemoration at the National World War II Memorial on May 8th, 2015.  Sorry to say, I didn’t see any members of the 92nd there.  However, I did get a chance to see this during the National Anthem.  And I managed to get a few seconds on camera.  You’ll have to watch to the end, but I think it’s worth it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCV0sE5s37A

WWII 70th Anniversary Commemoration May 8th 2015

The 70th Anniversary of the end of the war in Europe, V-E Day, is fast approaching.  Join us at the WWII Memorial in Washington DC to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who served…Click here to see the official page for the day’s events.

92nd Infantry (Buffalo) Division Reunion Display

With Veteran’s Day upon us, we stop to Honor ALL the Veterans who have served in our armed forces.  We would like to take a moment to offer up a special thank you to our WWII Vets.  According to some estimates, we lose about 1,000 WWII Vets every day!

And while they may no longer be with us in body, they are with us in spirit.  We will carry the memories of their service and sacrifice with us and we will take it upon ourselves to share those memories with future generations.

Spencer C. Moore served as an officer with the 92nd Infantry Division during their time in Italy.  During the unit’s 2004 reunion, he took us on a walking tour of their display of unit memorabilia.  Please click on the picture to watch the video.

 

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Fall 2014 Buffalo Newsletter

The Fall 2014 Newsletter is hot off the presses – courtesy of Carolyn Johnston.  Plans are underway for this year’s annual reunion October 17th-19th at the Sheraton Silver Spring in Silver Spring, Maryland.  You can get all the details by clicking here … and we hope to see you there!

Interview with Buffalo Soldier Harold G. Smith

Harold G. Smith was drafted into the U.S. Army, commissioned as a Lieutenant, and  assigned to the Buffalo Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry.  At that time, the army had a protocol; they assigned white officers, mostly from the south, to command the black (colored) troops in segregated units.  Smith is white, but he’s not from the south.  He was born and raised in upstate New York.  That meant he brought a different perspective.  In this interview, Smith shares his recollections of that time. After the war, Smith returned to the states.  He was recalled to duty for the Korean War and eventually retired from the army with the rank of Major.

After watching the interview, make sure to check out the collection of photos of some of the items that Smith has meticulously maintained in his foot locker.  He’s kept almost everything from his time with the 92nd and his memorabilia tells a story of its own!

 

 

Pictures from the collection of Harold G. Smith

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Here are some items from the collection of Harold G. Smith.  He entered WWII as a Lieutenant with the Buffalo Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry.  He eventually retired as a Major.  Included in the collection below: pictures of Harold Smith … Continue reading

General Colin Powell talks about the 92nd

General Colin Powell (Ret.) former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State has been a strong supporter of the 92nd, and the Buffalo Soldiers in general.  Here he talks about some of the challenges faced by African Americans serving in a segregated military; as well as the impact that their service had on the military – and society at large.

 

 

 

Buffalo Soldiers Documentary Now Available Online!

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In recognition of Memorial Day, as well as in appreciation for ALL who served and sacrificed, I’ve uploaded my documentary Deeds Not Words: The Buffalo Soldiers in World War II.  The documentary follows the Buffalo Soldiers of the Army’s 92nd Infantry Division from their time in basic training, through their tour of combat in the Italian Theater from 1944-1945, and then back home after the war.

Making this documentary was truly an honor.  There’s a saying, “war is hell”.  These men experienced hell on many levels. It was both awe-inspiring, and awful, to hear how they had to battle the Germans on one side, and then their own officers.  And then, after fighting for liberty abroad, to come home and see that those same liberties they fought for for others, did not apply to them…

One other element of this project also breaks my heart.  I started work on the documentary in 2004.  Of all the members of the unit you see, as of Memorial Day weekend 2014, only one is left – Joseph Hairston.

They say you don’t appreciate something until it’s gone.  Many of our WWII vets are already gone, and it’s estimated that another thousand pass away every day.  So, whether it’s Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, or any day that ends in “Y”, please take a moment to pay tribute and offer your appreciation to those who served in the past, and those who are serving today.

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Coming Soon! The Buffalo Soldiers Documentary Along with Web Extras

It’s been a while since we’ve added any new content to the page, so we’re going to fix that.  First and foremost, we’ll be uploading the documentary Deeds Not Words: The Buffalo Soldiers in World War II to the website.  The documentary originally aired on The Pentagon Channel in February 2011.

After that, we’ll post other periodic updates during the summer.  We’ll have web extras – outtakes from our interviews with the members of the 92nd’s Veteran’s Association.  We’ll also post information about this year’s reunion – scheduled for October 17th-19th.

So, as they say in TV-land…stay tuned!