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Medal of Honor winner, Buffalo Soldier profiled

The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center will host a special program exploring the life, military service and Pacific Northwest connections of Sgt. Moses Williams, a decorated Buffalo Soldier and Medal of Honor recipient.

Presented by historian Gregory P. Shine, the program will also share new research that sheds light on Williams’ life.

Williams was a U.S. Army soldier who served in one of four all African American regiments known as Buffalo Soldiers in the 19th century. He was buried in the Vancouver Barracks post cemetery.

The event is free to the public, but limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s sponsored jointly by the Friends of Fort Vancouver, the Oregon Encyclopedia, the Oregon Historical Society, and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The program is titled “I am Also Entitled to be Recognized: The Journey of Moses Williams, Buffalo Soldier” and will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 29. The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center is located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.


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