It’s taken more than 110 years, but it looks as if a promotion recommended by John J. Pershing may finally go through.
Sgt. Paschal Conley, a so-called Buffalo Soldier because he served in a black US Army regiment, was recommended for promotion to second lieutenant by then-1st Lt. Pershing in 1899, call it “a fitting recognition of (Conley’s) long and honorable service.”
Conley served from 1879 until 1906 and fought in the Spanish-American War, according to the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs.
However, Pershing’s recommendation was never acted upon.
It probably got stuck in SIDPERS somewhere.