Fort Myer in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The “Buﬀalo Soldiers”
"We can; we will!" "Ready and Forward!"
9th Cavalry 1891-1894
10th Cavalry 1931-1949
From 1891 to 1894 Troop K of the 9th Cavalry Regiment was stationed here as a reward for their valor on the Western frontier. They were the first African-American military unit stationed east of the Mississippi River near a large metropolitan area since Reconstruction. Two of their members, Sergeant Thomas Shaw and Sergeant George Jordon were recipients of the Medal of Honor for bravery. This unit performed garrison duty to include ceremonial functions and field training.
In 1931 until 1949 the Machine Gun Troop of the 10th Cavalry Regiment was stationed here and in Building 305 on the hill just above you. They performed services in Arlington National Cemetery, participated in pre World War II field maneuvers and during WWII (1941-5) served in multiple functions to include 'Back the Attack' war bond drives on the Mall in Washington. Arthur Moss was their highly respected 1st Sergeant.
Erected 1997 by Fort Myer Military Community and the Buffalo Soldiers Ninth and Tenth (Horse) Cavalry Association.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is located on the side of the first building on the right after entering Fort Myer through the Wright Gate (near the Marine Corps/Iwo Jima Memorial). Fort Myer is a closed military installation and appropriate identification will be required for entry. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Making A Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Symbol of Friendship (approx. 0.3 miles away); Let Freedom Ring (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Flag Raisings (approx. 0.3 miles away); United States Marine Corps War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Lest We Forget - We Stand on Your Shoulders" (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle For Iwo Jima (approx. 0.3 miles away).
Categories. • African Americans • War, World II • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 441 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.