Just in time for Memorial Day, Jennie and Dianne are joined by special guest Andrew Bell, a former Sergeant-Major in the US Army and a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars and a former Buffalo Soldier reenactor. Andrew shares not only the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and who they were, but how their nearly forgotten story was brought back to life in the 1960s. These fighting men represented the first Black professional soldiers in a peacetime army. As these Ordinary Extraordinary men would say, "We can: We will" and "Ready and forward!"
References mentioned in this episode include:
Leckie, William H, and Shirley A. Leckie. The Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Black Cavalry in the West, Revised Edition. 1967. University of Oklahoma Press, 2012.
Andrew "Andy" Bell is a former Sergeant-Major in the US Army and a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars and a former Buffalo Soldier reenactor.