Ernest (Sarge) Collier – An Original Buffalo Soldier
Trooper Ernest Collier was born in 1922 on the military post at Fort Stotsenberg, which is located in Angeles City, Philippines. Mr. Collier’s father and uncle (whom Mr. Collier is named after) were Buffalo Soldiers. He has received many decorations during his numerous duty station assignments. One of his most notable decorations was the Purple Heart. Mr. Collier was wounded during the battle of Pusan. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1952. Mr. Collier is also a retired federal civil service worker. Trooper Collier spends his retirement time volunteering for several organizations, including volunteer service as a track and field official at the Olympic Training Center in Eastlake, lifetime member of the Buffalo Soldiers and a member of the San Diego Buffalo Soldiers Executive Board. Among the people that Mr. Collier admires are his parents, athletic coaches and playground directors who influenced his life. Trooper Collier knew his wife Juanita before high school, both attending Memorial Junior high school. They were united in marriage after Mr. Collier returned from military duty. They have four children, two boys and two girls.