NJ man who served in black-only WWII regiment shares his story

TINTON FALLS - A New Jersey man who served in a black-only regiment during World War II, before the U.S. military was ordered to integrate, shared his story with News 12 New Jersey.

Veteran Benjamin Stewart says he never celebrated Veterans Day until this year. Stewart served in the 92nd Army Infantry Division as a part of a black-only regiment that was referred to as "Buffalo Soldiers."

Stewart explained to News 12 New Jersey that he felt as if he was fighting two wars, one for the United States of America and one against Jim Crow laws.

Having grown up in Indiana, Stewart says that serving was really his first exposure to racism. Stewart was drafted in 1942, six years before the U.S. military was ordered to desegregate.

Stewart was honorably discharged from the U.S. military in Nov. 1945.

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