Trooper Harold S. Cole was born in North Pelham, New York in 1924. He attended and graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1942.
War was declared on December 7, 1941. He joined the service as soon as he could in 1942. He was assigned to Troop F of the 9th Cavalry. They were segregated at this time, black enlisted men and white officers. In 1944, the army disbanded the 2nd Cavalry Division, which included the 9th & 10th Cavalry Regiments in North Africa.
When the war was over, he joined the United State Air Force, which was integrated. He was crew chief on many types of aircraft, and enjoy travel to many countries. He retired in 1969.
After the service, he worked for Grumman Aircraft, Fairchild Aircraft, Guild Simulator and Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, from which he retired. He now manages a condominium complex with 190 units in Van Nuys California.
In March 1993, he organized the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association with a great deal of help from Colonel Henderson, who had laid the groundwork in 1988 to form a chapter in Los Angeles.
Trooper Cole served as the President of the National Ninth & Tenth (Horse) Cavalry Association for four years ( 1997 - 2001 ).
He now lives with his family, Edwina and Jeffrey, in Atlanta, Georgia. As for military career, his first love will always be for the Buffalo Soldiers, the 9th & 10th Cavalry Regiments, a proud and excellent fighting units.
Served in the Ninth Cavalry Regiment from 1942 to 1944 Rank of S/Sergeant F Troop.