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William T. Buford Military Record

Identifier: MS 00086

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Official Army records of William Tucker Buford's military service from his enlistment in 1941 to his dismissal from service in 1952 due to a guilty plea after being court martialed. Buford was an African American service member who served in World War II and quickly rose to the rank of First Lieutenant by 1949. In 1943 Buford also received a diploma for completing the engineer officer course at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Throughout his career, Buford served in multiple locations including Louisiana where he was in charge of an engineering unit, and California where he was appointed commander of the 795th Engineer dump truck company at Camp Roberts. He remained with that company as it transferred from Camp Roberts to Fort Lewis, Washington. Buford's undoing with the Army occurred while he was stationed in Korea with EUSAK (Eighth United States Army in Korea). He was charged with selling lumber to a South Korean man in excess of 100 dollars. Buford plead guilty to the charge and his sentence was dismissal from the service, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and two years of hard labor. This record includes some photographs of Buford along with the companies in which he served or commanded.


  • Creation: 1941-1952


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