WEST POINT, Miss. (WCBI)-A member of the famed Buffalo Soldiers having roots in West Point is laid to rest with military honors. The graveside ceremony was held in the Town Creek Community for Army Commander Ulysses Grant Moore. The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club was on hand Monday at Town Creek Cemetery to help in the official military send off for one of their own, 97 year old Army Commander Ulysses Grant Moore.
“Well we always come out to honor soldiers when we can. And we got the word this soldier was being buried and we all came from far distances to come out and honor him. I came from Tampa, Florida,” said Roy “Seawolf” Nixon, Vice President, NABSTMC.
History records the bravery of those soldiers like Commander Moore who fought in World War Two and Korea, starting way back in 1866 when the all Negro regiment began at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. During the American Indian Wars, Buffalo Soldiers were given their nickname because of their dark colored hair and fierce fighting ability much like that of the buffalo.
“Well we always believe that the Buffalo Soldiers did a great job in helping bring this country to what it is today. And that’s why we ride. We ride to honor them,” said Nixon.
According to family members, Commander Moore lived and breathed Buffalo Soldiers so that the service and duty of his comrades would not be forgotten.
“He actually just love the Buffalo Soldiers. Every time he came home all I heard was Buffalo Soldiers. That was just his, that was his dream. And he loved it so until he has a museum out in California,” said Ida Moore Orr, Commander’s Niece.
“He fought in the war cause, he understood he had love for everyone. He had love for all his fellow man and all the veterans too. When he started the Buffalo Soldier Museum he had love for everyone,” said Lester Moore, Relative.
Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the “10th Cavalry Regiment formed on September 21, 1866 and continued until 1951.