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.