A brief tribute to the history of blacks in America’s military, whose participation began in 1776 at the outset of the American Revolution. Contributions continued into the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Following the Civil War we were charged to patrol the western plains, fighting indians, pursue and capture bandits, protect wagon trains and to generally keep the peace. The indians called us Buffalo Soldiers because the texture of our hair resembled that of the plains buffalo. Our participation continued into the Spanish American war, World War I and II, all under the countenance of segregation. This is normally a post I would put up around veteran’s day, except I have spent the last two weeks of my vacation with my daughter and grandson in Hampton Virginia, the central nervous system for America’s military and the community aspect of it was pleasantly striking. I can’t venture out without coming across uniformed military personnel of all racial strips, from the next door neighbor, to the lady in front of me at the carwash, to the guy who helped me locate a wrench at the Home Depot. You see them walking and talking together at malls, playing with their kids at parks and networking at the local bar. This is an integrated flowing military community. Since the desegregation of the American military at the end of World War II we seem to have solved some of the problems inherent in a system of separate and unequal.