Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer

Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer (HMRJ8)

Location: Arlington, VA 22211 Arlington County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 53.232', W 77° 4.398'

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This sign marks the site of the proposed Buffalo Soldiers Memorial

Following the Civil War four regiments (9th and 10th Cavalry; 24th and 25th Infantry) of African-American enlisted men, under the command of white officers, were formed to fight on the Western frontier. They did so with distinction being nicknamed "Buffalo Soldiers" by their Native American opponents. As a reward for outstanding service, Troop K of the 9th Cavalry was stationed at Fort Myer from 1891-1894. They were the first African-American unit stationed east of the Mississippi River near a large metropolitan area after the Civl War.

Then from 1931-1949 the Machine Gun Troop of the 10th Cavalry served at Fort Myer performing cavalry and ceremonial functions. In 1948 President Truman signed an Executive Order desegregating the Armed Forces. The same year he also brought the Army's oldest unit, the 3d US Infantry Regiment, to Fort Myer for ceremonial and security functions. In 1949 the 10th Cavalry left Fort Myer. They were the last of the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer.

MEDALS OF HONOR
9th Cavalry Regiment

*Captain Francis S. Dodge, Troop D
*2d Lieutenant George R. Burnett
2d Lieutenant Matthals W. Day, Company I
2d Lieutenant Robert T. Emmet, Troop G
1st Sergeant Moses Williams, Company I
Sergeant Thomas Boyne, Company C
Sergeant John Denny, Troop B
Sergeant George Jordan, Company K
*Sergeant Henry Johnson, Company D
*Sergeant Thomas Shaw, Company K
Sergeant Emanuel Stance, Company F
Sergeant Brent Woods, Company B
Corporal Clinton Greaves, Company C
Corporal William O. Wilson, Company I
Private Augustus Walley, Company I

10th Cavalry Regiment

Captain Louis H. Carpenter, Company H
2d Lieutenant Powhatan H. Clarke
Sergeant Major Edward L. Baker, Jr.
*Sergeant william McBryar, Company K
*Private Dennis Bell, Troop H
Private Fitz Lee, Troop M
Private William H. Thompkins, Troop G
*Private George H. Wanton, Troop M

*buried in Arlington National Cemetery
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HM NumberHMRJ8
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Placed ByFort Myer Military Community
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 3:11am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320176 N 4306302
Decimal Degrees38.88720000, -77.07330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.232', W 77° 4.398'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 13.92" N, 77° 4' 23.88" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 354-374 Marshall Dr, Arlington VA 22211, US
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