Trooper Harold S. Cole, Local Original Buffalo Soldier, Passes Away at 94
Trooper Harold S. Cole, an original Buffalo Soldier and member of the Greater Atlanta Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry, passed away on February 24, 2018.
He enlisted in the Army and served in World War II. His unit was Troop F, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, a segregated unit with white officers. In a short time, he became a platoon sergeant. Cole passed the test to become a Warrant Officer and was selected to attend Warrant Officer School, but he wasn’t able to attend because the 2nd Cavalry Division was transferred to the European Theater. After arrival in North Africa, the 2nd Cavalry Division was transferred to Sicily and from there, Naples and then Anzio. He boarded a ship for the invasion of southern France and soon after, the war in Europe was almost over. In France, he performed garrison duties until it was time to return to the United States.
In 1953, Cole enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was sent to aircraft school. He served in the Air Transport Command, Air Defense Command, Radar Early Warning System Command, and the Air Rescue Command. In 1956 to 1957, he participated in the construction of the Distant Early Warning Line, which has become the North Warning System of today. In 1966, he participated in the recovery of aircraft in Vietnam.
After 20 years of service in 17 countries, Cole retired from the military. He held top security clearance and was awarded many medals during his service.
After retiring from the Air Force, Cole worked at Grumman Aircraft, Fairchild Aircraft, and then later retired from Lockheed.
Cole was a member of the 555th Parachute Infantry Association, NAACP, New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club, Air Force Sergeants Association, a life member of the VFW, American Legion and a Life Member of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association.
Trooper Virgil Giffin Caldwell (Texas) with Trooper Cole’s widow, Mrs. Edwina Roberts Cole (left). Trooper Harold Cole (center).
Photos and memorabilia honoring Trooper Cole were displayed in his memory.
Trooper Don Lee stands with Trooper Derrick Davis and Fireball (right).
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