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US Army Clears 110 Buffalo Soldiers of Murder Charges

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The soldiers have been given honorable discharges, and their families may now be eligible for benefits



On July 27, 1917, soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, an all-Black unit known as the Buffalo Soldiers, arrived in Houston to guard the construction of the Camp Logan training base. The city, still ruled by Jim Crow laws, proved hostile. Tensions rose and finally boiled over on August 23, 1917: Soldiers clashed with white police and civilians, leaving more than a dozen dead.


In the wake of that fateful night, the United States Army convicted 110 of the soldiers of murder, mutiny and other crimes. Nineteen were executed, marking the “single largest mass execution of American soldiers by the Army,” as the New York Times’ Michael Levenson writes.


Now, more than a century later, the Army has overturned these convictions. The news was first reported by the Houston Chronicle’s Amber Elliott and Sig Christenson.


“After a thorough review, the [Army Board for Correction of Military Records] has found that these soldiers were wrongly treated because of their race and were not given fair trials,” says Christine Wormuth, the Army secretary, in a statement. “By setting aside their convictions and granting honorable discharges, the Army is acknowledging past mistakes and setting the record straight.”


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