Buffalo Soldiers Association Birthplace; Giants of the Vine District

The building above is the old National Guard Armory in the world famous 18th & Vine District in Kansas City, Missouri. Today, it sits idle, a shell of the glory days it saw for decades. 18th & Vine is the home of three giants in the life of African-American existence. What some call “flyover country,” Kansas City has contributed to the march for equality, and the struggle for recognition and worth as human beings.  For their share of the promise of America.Continue reading

Buffalo Soldiers In Liberty

Buffalo Soldier 9th & 10th Cavalry

Buffalo Soldiers KC – Alexander/Madison Chapter

The Alexander/Madison Chapter of Kansas City Area Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association is riding into Liberty, Missouri for a special event!

For two days, May 11th and 12th, 2017, the original and oldest chapter of Buffalo Soldiers in the nation will inform and entertain with true stories of the nation’s first African-American troops to serve in the regular peacetime army. They were first enlisted in 1866 and served until 1944. Thousands of men and even a woman served our nation going from slave to soldier, with untold honor.

Because of the two days at the Mid-Continent Library in Liberty, Missouri allows for a complete telling of the Buffalo Soldiers story this year! It will be performed in two parts, from slavery through the end of the Civil War on the first day, and from 1866 until the end of the Indian Wars and beyond.

This “don’t miss” engagement is brought to you by the Mid-Continent Public Library located at 1000 Kent in Liberty. Both days the program starts at 3:00 pm and will be followed with time to meet the Buffalo Soldiers and ask questions.

Come yourself and bring the young ones as you take a trip back to the open western frontier, full of mystery and adventure. Fun for all! Experience and enjoy an hour of American history that will make you proud. Come and find out what Jackie Robinson and Abner Doubleday had in common (not just baseball). Find out how a woman served some of the roughest duty assignments in the western frontier for nearly two years without being discovered.

Witness the complete telling of the Buffalo Soldiers this year!

This oral history excursion will be performed in full costume both days. The troopers involved have been in plays and even movies! This rare opportunity is free and open to the public. We hope to see you at 3:00 pm, this Thursday, and Friday, May 11th and 12th at the Mid-Continent Public Library located at 1000 Kent, Library, Missouri.

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Trooper James Orville West Rests In Fiddler’s Green

Trooper Jimmy West was laid to rest and entered Fiddler’s Green to reminisce with his fellow troopers, as only a Buffalo Soldier can.

Following high school Trooper West entered the Army, then Navy, and then the Air Force! Something few of us have ever done. He was adventurous. He retired following 25 years of service with the United State Post Office.

An outdoorsman, Jimmy loved to fish and hunt. Loving horses, he was a member of the Alexander/Madison Chapter of Kansas City Area Buffalo Soldiers Association and the Rough Riders Saddle Club. Trooper James West was a Master Mason in Prudence Lodge #6 and served there for 25 years.

Trooper James Orville West passed away April 27, 2017 with his service and interment at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery held on May 5, 2017.

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Trooper Rev. Willie Gene Bailey, Sr. Passed on to Fiddler’s Green

Trooper Willie G. Bailey, Sr married the love of his life and remained happily married to his wife Carnie for 73 years. Together they had seven children. After retirement from the Post

Trooper Willie G. Bailey, Sr married the love of his life and remained happily married to his wife Carnie for 73 years. Together they had seven children. After retirement from the Post Office, he again volunteered in the service of the Lord and became Pastor of several churches in Missouri. His seven children gave him and his wife eleven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A man of action Trooper Bailey distinguished himself in service as a Buffalo Soldier, PFC HQ Troop B, 9th Cavalry, and in Troop A, 10th Cavalry before volunteering for tank training. He defended his country in southwest Asiatic Pacific, Philippines, and in India. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he was reassigned to the Air Force in Massachusetts. When General MacArthur visited his camp, he volunteered for tank training and became an expert with tanks. He went overseas in 1943 and spent time in combat in the Pacific. In 1945, Trooper Bailey was wounded and returned home to the United States.

Trooper Willie Gene Bailey, Sr. received the Good Conduct Medal, expert/sharpshooter, two Purple Hearts, Oak Clusters and American Service, an Honor Guard Citation from Mrs. Roosevelt and a Flag 76 for Beyond the Call of Duty from President Carter.

We know Trooper Bailey is resting well in the company and fellowship of his comrades in the cool, fresh fields of Fiddler’s Green. Rest in Peace Trooper Willie Gene Bailey.

Buffalo Soldier Trooper Willie G. Bailey, Sr.