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Posted by Natalie Hantho on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 in Events

The Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks

The Vancouver Barracks Military Association Honors Black History Month with next Military History Talk “The Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks” on February 18

The Vancouver Barracks Military Association presents a series of free military history talks held on the third Thursdays of the month. This free public event is hosted by the Fort Vancouver National Trust at the historic Marshall House located at 1301 Officers Row.

In honor of Black History Month, February’s topic is on the Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks, presented by Staff Sergeant (Retired) Frazier Raymond, United States Army. Raymond is a member of the Moses Williams Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers. This group is named after Medal of Honor recipient Moses Williams, who is buried in the Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery.

The presentation will take place on February 18th from 6:30 PM to 7:30PM. Artifacts and photos honoring the history of Buffalo Soldiers stationed at Vancouver Barracks will be on display at the Marshall House for the February Military History Talk. The Marshall House will also be open at 5:30PM before the presentation to allow the public a chance to view the displays, and to visit with some of the current members of the local Buffalo Soldiers Chapter.

The community is encouraged to attend these free Military History Talks, and should RSVP to president@vbma.us if they plan on attending.

Other upcoming Military History Talks include:

-March 10th: “Marshall and Churchill, Soldiers and Statesmen” – a bonus lecture added by the Fort Vancouver National Trust featuring keynote speaker Dr. Rob Havers for the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia. This presentation will take place at the Red Cross Building at Fort Vancouver at 6:30 PM.

-March 17th: “US Army Ambulance Service in WWI” – featuring MSG Jack Giesen US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-April 21st: “Update on the Islamic State” – featuring CW3 Daniel Sockle, US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-May 19th: “Changing Army Culture, A Female Perspective” – featuring SGM Kelly Jones US Army (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

-June 16th: “The Oregon Trail and Today's Mass Migrations” – featuring Colonel Bruce Mulkey (Ret.) at the Marshall House at 6:30 PM.

About the Buffalo Soldiers:

After the Civil War, during Reconstruction, the United States Army created several regiments of infantry and cavalry composed almost entirely of African American soldiers. These units known historically as Buffalo Soldiers served with distinction and honor on the American frontier.

About The Vancouver Barracks Military Association:

The mission of the VBMA is to highlight, preserve, and promote the historic importance of the Vancouver Barracks in the settlement and development of the Pacific Northwest. It is an inclusive committee composed of civic education, veteran and business partners.

For more information, please visit: Military History Talks

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