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Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II is a seminal book about the “Greatest Generation.”   Its focus is on the “Black Warriors,” the largely unsung African American men of the U.S. Army’s segregated 92nd Division, also known as the famed “Buffalo Soldiers,” who fought and gave their lives in defense of freedom.  Ivan J. Houston, nineteen at the time and now 84 years of age, is the author.

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For nine months until the German surrender in May 1945, the 92nd Division (the Buffalo Soldiers) fought the Nazis and the Italian Facists with honor, face to face in the villages and rugged mountains of Italy. In little known places as Ripafratta, the Serchio River Valley, Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Mount Cauala, and Pontremoli.

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For Book Signings and Special Events featuring Mr. Houston, please see below.

Saturday, October 9, 2010 / 10:30 am: UC Berkeley @Haas School of Business.  Alumni and guests of the Haas School of Business reunited for a festive Homecoming day back on campus. The annual Haas Homecoming Celebration kiced off with "Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of WWII" presentation and book signing by Ivan Houston, Haas Class of 48. Haas then hosted a pre-game Tailgate Party in the Haas Courtyard for Haas alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests.  Then, it was off to Memorial Stadium to watch the Golden Bears defeat the UCLA Bruins.  http://www.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Custom.aspx?cid=17&e=426281ec-0531-4f82-830d-add3706840f3  Book Signings, Read More, Watch More



Friday, October 8, 2010 / 5:00 pm:  Mr. Houston is a founding member of UC Berkeley’s Kappa Alpha Psi  Chapter, and he was inducted into the Philia Society at the 2010 Greek Awards and Recognition Program at Chevron Hall at U.C. Berkeley. http://campuslife.berkeley.edu/Greek/News/2010_AwardsEvents, Read More, Watch More


Veterans Day 2011. A Path To Lunch, Our Ameglia Experience. Walking and Eating Italy. The Faces of the 92nd in Italy Outstanding article featuring Ivan J. Houston, Vernon Baker and John Fox.Article Link. Interviews, Read More, Watch More



Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II is dedicated to giving an accurate account of the little known story of the only black infantry to fight in Europe. Despite suffering discrimination and segregation in the army, the men served with distinction. Ivan Houston presents a well-written account and recollection of their service in what amounts to a legacy of honor. The valorous achievements of these brave men need to be recognized and raised to their rightful place in American history...

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There are many memoirs of World War II but virtually none that are written by an African American participant who is able to offer his personal account of the war. Ivan Houston provides an almost day by day narrative of the 92nd ( Buffalo ) Infantry Division which fought in Italy . He narrates a fascinating history of the military actions against the Germans, and African Americans’ daily battles in a Jim Crow army. It is a very useful addition to the other histories of Black soldiers. This book is an excellent source for anyone interested in World War II and African American history.

Dr. Ronald H. Bayor, Chair, the School of History, Technology & Society

Georgia Tech

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