In the years 1867 - 1891, black soldiers served with honor and distinction while wearing the uniform of the U. S. Army. These men performed their duty under intense bigotry from fellow soldiers and from the civilian population they were sworn to protect. Yet, they overcame these adversities to become some of the most effective soldiers during difficult Indian War campaigns. The Cheyenne and the Comanche warriors respected the black soldier's fighting abilities and nicknamed them "Buffalo Soldiers" as a term of respect and because their hair resembled the buffalo's mane. The black soldiers adopted the nickname and became known as Buffalo Soldiers.
The Buffalo Soldiers were organized into four regiments two of which were the 24th and the 25th Infantry and the other two were the 9th and 10th Cavalry.
Dave's newest piece depicts a dismounted 10th Cavalry Sergeant from Company K during a skirmish with Geronimo's band in the Pinito Mountains in Mexico. He is armed with a Remington New Model Army revolver and an 1868 Sharps Conversion Carbine.
Over Run is based on a friend of mine, Sheldon Lasky, and his personal experience at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. He was a light machine gunner and squad leader in Item Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Sheldon and his Company were dug in on a hill north of the Chosin Reservoir near a small village called Yu Dam-Ni. In the early morning of November 27, 1950, in temperatures around -30 degrees, the Chinese Divisions crossed the North Korean border and made a concentrated attack along the Chosin front line. They completely surrounded the U. S. Forces and cut off Marine and Army units from their supply lines. Sheldon's Company was completely infiltrated and they were awakened by grenades and screaming. Sheldon, along with his machine gunner and a handful of other Marines, fought their way off the hill to protect the Command Post. Only 19 men were still fit for combat out of the original 200 men from the initial attack.
Depicted here are two Marines, one with an M1919A4 .30 caliber Browning Light Machine Gun and the other is holding an M1 Carbine and aiming his M1911 .45 caliber Colt Automatic Pistol.
Read the full story about Sheldon Lasky and this battle.
Jungle Patrol is the first in the Bronze Star (Pacific Theatre) series and also my first attempt at sculpting. I've wanted to do this piece from early childhood. This is a representation of a Marine on Guadalcanal in 1942 returning from a long patrol. The piece was inspired from the book "Into the Valley" by John Hersey, and by the illustrations of Donald L. Dickson, Maj., U.S.M.C.
As a tribute to all military personnel who have paid the ultimate price, Dave has created the sculpture shown, called "Fallen Soldier."