Buffalo Soldier, 91, honored by veterans in Lexington

Staff Sgt. Junior Anderson was honored by veterans Sunday in Lexington. (Brian Rainey/WGHP-TV)

Staff Sgt. Junior Anderson was honored by veterans Sunday in Lexington. (Brian Rainey/WGHP-TV)

LEXINGTON, N.C. — A 91-year-old United States Buffalo Solider was recognized Sunday by veterans in Lexington.

Staff Sgt. Junior Anderson was honored by the Banks Miller American Legion Post 255 at 1 Arthur Drive.

Anderson was a rifleman squad leader for the Buffalo Soldiers, a name given to African-American cavalrymen who served from 1866 to 1951.

Anderson was a foot soldier who fought in Naples, Italy and was shot in the leg toward the end of World War II.

Anderson has received numerous medals including a Purple Heart, Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars, an American Theater Campaign Medal and a Victory Medal.

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