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Curtises attend Buffalo Soldier reunion

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 8:42 am

Lewis and Zelda Curtis of Fayetteville attended the 31st reunion of the 24th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers held in Fort Benning, Ga. The Curtises paused for photos with those in attendance. In the picture of the Buffalo Soldiers, Mr. Curtis is pictured seated, third from right. Mrs. Curtis is pictured standing, second from right, in the photo of the Auxiliary Ladies, wives of the 24th Infantry soldiers.

 

Fayetteville’s Lewis Curtis and wife, Zelda, attended the 31st reunion of the 24th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers, held July 18-24 at Fort Benning, Ga.

By request of a Fort Benning official, an extensive tour of the base was given to the Buffalo Soldiers in attendance.

“We all were infantry trained in previous years at Fort Benning in World War II,” Curtis said, noting that the veterans served in Europe and the Far East with the 92nd and 93rd Infantry Division, all black units.

“We served occupation duties over four years in Japan after the war,” he noted. “In Korea, we were among the first combat units to land in Pusan, Korea, at the start of the Korean Conflict.”

According to the official military records, Curtis said, the 24th Infantry was one of the first units to capture a Korean city during the conflict.

The Curtises, who reside here in Fayetteville, are members of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.