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Frank Bostic
War: World War II
Branch: U.S. Army
Unit: 92nd Infantry (Buffalo Soldiers)
Highest Rank: Private First Class
Citations: Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart, Good Conduct, and European Theater Date of Birth: November 30, 1920


Frank Bostic was born in Detroit, Michigan. His family moved to Ann Arbor when he was very young. He attended schools through High School in Ann Arbor. Frank played football and ran track (he was the first Black athlete to be voted captain).

While going to school, Frank worked as a paper boy. He said he earned more than his father who was employed by WPA. After high school he was drafted. He relates many instances of prejudice including being assigned to sleeping in tents. He was told it was to prepare him for battle conditions; however, it was only the Black soldiers who slept in tents.

Frank was eventually assigned to the 92nd Infantry, an all Black unit. He fought in Italy and was seriously wounded. In spite of his wounds, he is credited with saving three other soldiers, for which he earned his Bronze Star. He spent nearly a year in hospitals before being discharged.

Frank married after the service and had six children, three boys and three girls. During his married life he worked as many as three jobs to make sure his children received an education. His wife died just short of their 50th anniversary.

When Frank returned from service he tried to join the VFW. They refused him membership because he was Black. He eventually joined a different VFW.