Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Buffalo Soldier Autobiographer at Kefa Cafe

From left to right: Lene Tsegaye, Dorothy Daugherty, Abeba Tsegaye, James Harden Daugherty. The photo was taken after an evening discussion event on June 19, 2009 (Juneteenth) at Space 7:10, with James H. Daugherty, longtime Silver Spring resident and author of The Buffalo Saga.
A longtime Silver Spring resident, was the first African American to serve on the Montgomery County School Board, and later served for many years in a governor-appointed position at the Maryland School for the Deaf. He retired from an administrative position in the United States Public Health Service.

In WWII He served our country as a soldier in the army's 92nd Infantry Division in the European theater and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement and a Combat Infantryman Badge for outstanding performance of duty in action against the enemy.
Those soldiers were known as the Buffalo Soldiers in a unit made up of African Americans. He wrote the book in 1947 after he returned from the war. He was about 23 then. He was 19 when he was drafted and assigned to the 92nd Infantry all black Buffalo Soldiers unit.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Letter to Editor, 7/22/09, Tribute!
Buffalo Soldier pens story of courage

I write in reference to Jason Tomassini's story and Charles E. Shoemaker's photographs, "Buffalo Soldier chronicles his battles in Europe and at home," [July 8].

Buffalo Soldier James Harden Daugherty's new book, "Buffalo Saga," is a "you are there" firsthand account of his journey as a soldier in the Army's 92nd Infantry Division, the only all African-American division-strength unit, the Buffalo Soldiers, who fought in the European theater in World War II.

Drafted at the age of 19, Daugherty served in northern Italy, and wrote this insightful book at the age of 22 upon his return from the War. He was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement and the Combat Infantryman Badge for outstanding performance of duty in action.

This book is also an engaging, compassionate and perceptive essay on human rights, social justice/injustice, and freedom at home and abroad. Daugherty's invincible spirit and his vitality courses through his account as well as his sense of humor and understanding of human nature. Daugherty is a profile in courage; his "Buffalo Saga" is also about the heroism, courage and sacrifice of all his distinguished soldier comrades in World War II.

Marcie Stickle, Silver Spring

The writer is advocacy chair of Silver Spring Historical Society.