A Buffalo Soldier at West Point

Sanders Matthews
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Sergeant (Ret.) Sanders "Matty" Matthews traveled from Coatesville, PA to West Point in 1939 to enlist in the Army. He taught horsemanship to cadets, officers, and family members, as well as performing menial tasks reserved for African-American soldiers in the segregated U.S. military of that era. Here, he addresses both the rewards and frustrations of being a Buffalo Soldier, his service in Europe during World War II, the implementation of integration in the armed forces, and his life after retiring from the military.

VIDEO DETAILS

conflicts World War II
topics African American Military Experience West Point History Race in the Military
interviewer Mark Frankel
date 11 February 2015

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

name Sanders Matthews
service Army
unit 10th Cavalry
specialty Cavalry
service dates 1939 1962
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