Trailblazing Buffalo Soldier Promoted 100 Years Later

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Trailblazing Buffalo Soldier Promoted 100 Years Later

More than a century after his death, Charles Young, the first African American colonel in the U.S. Army, was posthumously promoted to brigadier general.

The long overdue recognition took place April 29 at an event hosted by Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where Young began his Army career and became the third African American to graduate from the academy in 1889. 

Pioneering WWII Battalion to Receive Gold Medal

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Pioneering WWII Battalion to Receive Gold Medal

Decades after their trailblazing service, members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the first and only all-female, all-Black American battalion to deploy overseas during World War II, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

The “Six Triple Eight” Congressional Gold Medal Act was signed into law March 14 by President Joe Biden after the legislation was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives. A date has not been announced for presentation of the award, which must be designed and struck by the U.S. Mint.

AUSA Releases 4 New Podcasts in February

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AUSA Releases 4 New Podcasts in February

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing four new podcast episodes in February, including a podcast focusing on mental fitness and a look at leader development in the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade.

First up in the “Army Matters” series is an interview with retired Lt. Col. Daniel Johnston, who will discuss the intricacies of the brain and mental fitness. An Army physician and researcher, Johnston co-founded BrainSpan, which works to help practitioners, patients and the public build and sustain healthier and more resilient lives.

New West Point Monument Honors Buffalo Soldiers

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New West Point Monument Honors Buffalo Soldiers

A new monument honoring the legacy of West Point’s Buffalo Soldiers has been dedicated on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

During a ceremony on Sept. 10, the 10-foot bronze statue of a trooper mounted on horseback was dedicated on the south end of Buffalo Soldier Field, replacing a smaller memorial that had been in place since 1973. 

Army to Review Distinguished Service Cross Awards

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Army to Review Distinguished Service Cross Awards

The Army will review Distinguished Service Cross medals awarded to African American and Native American troops for their actions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, the Pentagon announced.

The review, directed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to all the services, will examine whether the recipients of the Service Crosses warrant the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross, which is awarded by the Army, the Navy Cross and the Air Force Cross are the nation’s second-highest valor awards, behind only the Medal of Honor.

‘Harlem Hellfighters’ Receive Congressional Gold Medal

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‘Harlem Hellfighters’ Receive Congressional Gold Medal

More than a century after they fought in World War I, the Army’s famed “Harlem Hellfighters” will receive the Congressional Gold Medal. 

The “Harlem Hellfighters Congressional Gold Medal Act” was signed into law Aug. 25 by President Joe Biden after the legislation was passed by the Senate and the House. The act acknowledges the soldiers’ “bravery and outstanding service during World War I,” according to Congress.gov. 

War Letters Bring Service Members’ Experiences Home

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War Letters Bring Service Members’ Experiences Home

The Museum of American War Letters brings home the stories of American service members across all of the nation’s wars through its curated digital exhibit. 

The exhibit features letters and short documentaries and was curated from over 175,000 letters, Andrew Carroll, director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University, said in an interview with WWNY 7 News. The featured letters give visitors unique insight into what service members experienced and endured on the ground during periods of conflict. 

Bills Honoring 1st All-Black, All-Female Unit Gain Support

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Bills Honoring 1st All-Black, All-Female Unit Gain Support

Support is growing to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the first and only all-female, all-Black American battalion to deploy overseas during World War II.

Bills pending in the Senate and House call for honoring the women of the battalion, commonly known as the Six Triple Eight, for their pioneering service, devotion to duty and contributions to increase the morale of service members serving in the European theater during World War II.

Trailblazing Black Soldiers Set the Example

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Trailblazing Black Soldiers Set the Example

African American soldiers have been trailblazers for equality since the Revolutionary War, and Black leaders from the past remain examples for troops today, a senior Army leader said.

“During the past year, the United States has faced significant social equality challenges. I believe now, we are at an inflection point,” where it is important to remember how diversity made and continues to make the Army the greatest one on Earth, said Lt. Gen. Jason Evans, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for installations, or G-9.