Congressman Mike Turner has submitted the following statement for the Congressional Record honoring the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers regiment and the leadership of Colonel Charles Young. Col. Young was a highly respected member of the U.S. military and a resident of Southwest Ohio. Turner’s statement comes in support of the House approving H.R. 520, the Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act yesterday. 

Earlier this year, President Obama designated the Colonel Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument near Xenia, OH. This legislation seeks to further recognize the contributions made by Colonel Young and Buffalo Soldier regiments from across the country throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. 

Honoring Colonel Charles Young: Ohioan and Buffalo Solider

Statement for the Congressional Record Submitted by Congressman Michael R. Turner

June 17, 2013

Mr. Speaker, as we consider H.R. 520, the Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act, I would like to recognize the important contributions of Colonel Charles Young.   

As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee and Co-Chair of the House Historic Preservation Caucus, I have the privilege of frequently working with our servicemembers as well as a great appreciation for our nation’s historic treasures.  Additionally, Colonel Young’s home, located in my community in Southwest Ohio, was recently designated as a National Historic Monument.     

Colonel Young, the third African-American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1889, was a distinguished officer in the U.S. Army.  He was a pioneer of military intelligence techniques, a commander of troops in combat in the Spanish-American War and the Mexican expedition against Pancho Villa. 

His first assignment after graduation was with the Buffalo Soldiers in the 10th Cavalry in Nebraska, and then with the 9th and 10th Cavalries in Utah. With the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he was reassigned as Second Lieutenant to training duty at Camp Alger, Virginia.               

In 1903, then-Captain Young was in command of the 10th Cavalry stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco. That summer, with the Army responsible for its management, Colonel Young was assigned to serve as Acting Superintendent of Sequoia National Parks in California.     

Colonel Young was then awarded a commission as a Major in the Ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Later, during the Spanish-American War, he commanded a squadron of the 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers in Cuba.  Throughout his military career, Colonel Young distinguished himself in service to our nation with the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries, and the 25th Infantry, as well as serving as Professor of Military Science at Wilberforce University, Ohio.

Today the House will continue to honor the legacy and leadership of the Buffalo Soldiers.  Colonel Charles Young stands out as a shining example of the dedication, service, and commitment of the Buffalo Soldiers throughout United States and world history.

Mr. Speaker, I am glad to recognize the important historical contributions of Buffalo Soldiers such as Colonel Young.