Military History/WWll Dan Spivey


QUESTION: I am trying to reach Expert Mr. Kieth Patton. He answered my question very well but I failed to mention to him that my dad,SSGT Dan Spivey,  with the 24th L Infantry 1941-1945 is a black man. Was his regiment allowed in combat? I heard they were descendents of Buffalo  Solders? Thank you Sir, Lolamarie Spivey Agins

ANSWER: Here's some info on the 92nd Infantry Division from WWII that might help. You may want to contact them

Hope this helps.

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QUESTION: Thank you for the information. A white family friend said there was a difference in WWII indicating the the black regiment was 24th Inf and the white 24th Infantry was segregated. Do you have information on my fathers company. "Co L 24th Inf"
SSGT Dan Spivey, 1941-1945, Western Pacific, Ryukyus. Mortar Light NCO 607, CIB

Please any information will help. Thank you

Sorry, I don't have anything on that company. You might want to check with the Army Center of Military History. The website is

SSGT Dan Spivey, 1941-1945, Western Pacific, Ryukyus. Mortar Light NCO 607, CIB

This means he was a Staff Sergeant who served during the entire war, from 1941-45. It looks like he took part in the fighting at the Ryukyus Islands in 1945, mostly likely at Okinawa, one of the bloodiest battles of the war. He definitely was in combat as it looks like his MOS (military occupational specialty) was Mortar Light (a light mortar man) and he received the CIB, the Combat Infantryman Badge, which is only awarded to those who have been in combat during a war.

Here's more on the fighting in the Ryukyus:

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.


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