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!

Documentary “Deeds Not Words: The Buffalo Soldiers in World War II”

The documentary Deeds Not Words: The Buffalo Soldiers in World War II is now available online! Just click on the Buffalo Patch below.

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The program first aired on The Pentagon Channel in February 2011.

If you represent a non-profit or educational organization, and would like to purchase the DVD, please contact the project’s producer, James Rada, at jrada@ithaca.edu