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5/9/08- Tyler

Freedom Fighters: Mellie Arps

"Buffalo Soldiers" is a nickname originally applied to members of the 10th Calvary Regiment by the Native American tribes they fought. This African American Regiment has a proud history dating from 1866 until the middle of the Korean War when it was integrated into other regiments.

Mellie Arps fought as a Buffalo Soldier in World War Two, from Italy into Berlin. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for his bravery and came back home to become minister and Mason.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting joanhallmark@kltv.com

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