Troopers

Rachel Hilliard
Rachel Hilliard
President

Trooper Rachel Hilliard has been a member of the 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, San Diego Chapter Buffalo Soldiers for five years. She is a native of California, raised in San Diego in a strong Christian family with her three brothers and two sisters. Her Faith, Friends and Family values are most important to her. She is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters and four energetic grandsons. Rachel loves to travel, play tennis and ride horses. She is grateful for the contributions of her family’ heritage, both African and Indian. Rachel is a member of the Executive Board of the Buffalo Soldiers, whose mission is to implement policies and implement programs, services and activities. Rachel delights audiences with her command performance of Private William Cathay, the only female Buffalo Soldier. She is employed by the Department of the Navy, Life Member of American Tennis Association and Toastmasters International.

“A person who kneels to God can stand up to anything.”

Janie Jackson
Janie Jackson
Treasurer

Trooper Janie Jackson has been a member of the Buffalo Soldiers San Diego Chapter for seven and a half years, where she oversees all financial activity, audits and financial statements in accordance with city, state and federal laws as well as being a member of the Executive Board. Although, Trooper Jackson is not a native of California, Janie considers San Diego her home. After a summer vacation in 1975, she decided to relocate for the great weather and to continue her education. Trooper Jackson is the oldest of two children and a proud mother of a wonderful daughter. Janie is a collector of “All Gods Children” figurines, she loves to cook and entertain her family and friends. Janie is also a member of Toastmasters International and American Legion Post 310 Auxiliary. She is employed by Teledyne one of the world leading companies in Oceanography. Janie’s passion for life, sense of humor and creativity, combine to compliment her unique style.

Edward L. Butler
Edward L. Butler
Executive Board 

Trooper Butler was honorably discharged from the US Navy after serving four years at sea as a Fire Control Technician (FTG2). Trooper Butler joined the Buffalo Soldiers because of a strong desire to keep alive the rich legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers. Trooper Butler is a student of Buffalo Soldier re-enactment pageantry and enjoys the camaraderie of fellow troopers who share a common purpose. Trooper Butler has been a member of the San Diego Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association since 2003. He is a member of the 2010-2011 executive board, a member of the Color Guard and acting Sergeant-at-Arms for 2011-2012. Trooper Butler has also served on various fundraising committees.

Robert Joyce
Robert Joyce
Executive Board

Trooper Robert Joyce Jr. is the older of two children, born July 3, 1928 to Robert Joyce, Sr. and Lela Joyce in Galveston, Texas. Living on the farm was difficult. There was no running water, no electricity and no mail delivery. Most of our food came from the farm such as corn, peas, sugar cane, peanuts, vegetables, chickens, cows, goats and hogs. I recall my first job was working as a sharecropper when school was out for one dollar a day and one meal. The time of day was from sun rise to sunset. I did that just one summer. The next summer one of my cousin’s and I sawed pulp wood in the forest, that kind of wood is used to make paper. I completed school, but only because of my grandmother’s insistence. I finally graduated from high school on May 16, 1947. I wanted to become an industrial engineer, but knowing that was impossible because of segregation and discrimination in colleges, I volunteered for the United States Army, took basic training at Fort Six New Jersey and went overseas and was assigned to the 24th Infantry Regiment, 512th M.P. Battalion. I served in the military for three years and heard that a pot of gold was discovered in California at the end of a rainbow so I moved to California, where I worked at Convair and was surprised the company paid so much for doing so little. Later, I went to North Island as a sheet metal mechanic and retired as a supervisor after twenty-five years. Life Member of Buffalo Soldiers San Diego Chapter.

Shelley White
Shelley White
Fundraising Chairman

Trooper Shelley White is the eldest sibling of a family of 9 boys and 6 girls. Trooper White is a native of San Diego, California, where he attended Central Elementary School, Wilson Junior High School and graduated from Hoover High School. Trooper White began working for Convair, General Dynamics in 1952 and remained employed there for 41 years. Prior to working at General Dynamics, Trooper White served in the Korean War. Trooper White has been a Little League Umpire for 60 years. He is a board member for California District 42 Little League. Trooper White has umpired in many different places. Several noteworthy places that Trooper White has umpired include San Bernardino, CA; Taylor, Michigan; Japan; Hawaii; and Korea. The most memorable umpiring assignment was when he was chosen to umpire the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Trooper Shelley White was inaugurated into the Hall of Champions in San Diego in 2006. Trooper White is very proud of the contributions made by the Buffalo Soldiers in the United States Military, and he is committed to teaching Buffalo Soldier History to all people.

John Roper
John Roper
Color Guard

Trooper John Roper was born in 1955 in Brooklyn New York King’s County. He is the eldest of three boys. Trooper Roper’s family relocated to California, where he attended and graduated from Dominquez High School in Compton, CA. At the age of 18 Trooper Roper joined the Navy in 1973. He received two Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, Sea Service Medals, and two Honorable Discharges. Trooper Roper has served in Japan, the Philippines, and Guam. Trooper Roper has been employed at the 32nd Street Navy Commissary for twenty-five years. He is married and has eight grand children and two great grand children. He has been a member of the San Diego Buffalo Soldiers Color Guard since 2006.

Rhomaine Johnstone
Rhomaine Johnstone
Executive Board

Trooper Rhomaine Johnstone, was born in Richmond, VA, where all of his family resides. Although he loved Richmond, he decided to join the Navy. He was immediately sent to Vietnam for two years. Rhomaine was then stationed in beautiful San Diego, where he completed 30 years of military service and retired as Master Chief in 1990. In 2003, Retired Master Chief Johnstone recognized the valuable history of the Buffalo Soldiers and has been a member since then. Johnstone cherishes the many veterans that serve our country and is a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts.

Ronald Larry
Ronald Larry
Carolyn Johnson
Carolyn Johnson
Assistant Secretary
Dorsie Davis
Dorsie Davis
Co-Founder
Joe Rush
Joe Rush
Bobby Cheaton
Bobby Cheaton
Charles Macadory
Charles Macadory
Sam Stone
Sam Stone
William Upton
William Upton
Carl Winston
Carl Winston
Kim Taylor
Kim Taylor
Johnny Grayson
Johnny Grayson