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"The Buffalo Soldier" 18" X 24" oil on linen, 2020 - collection of William Rozier, CSM (retired), US Army 28th Division
Ink and oil pastel on paper
Maestro Istvan Jaray (r) received this painting in recognition of his 30th year with the Johnstown Symphony
"Tribute to the 28th Military Police" is part of the permanent collection at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, PA. This painting depicts the men and women of the 28th Military Police Company, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, who gave the ultimate sacrifice while in service to their country. The soldiers memorialized in this work are: (left to right) SPC Kirsten Fike who died on August 8, 2006 from sun stroke in 104 degree desert heat during activation with the U.S. Border Patrol in Yuma, Arizona ; SFC Dan Lightner, Jr. who was killed on October 27, 2005 during vehicle patrol in Ar Ramadi, Iraq from a roadside bomb ; SSG Keith Bennett who was killed when a vehicle-borne IED detonated while he was conducting inspections at a checkpoint in Ar Ramadi, Iraq on December 11, 2005 ; and on the far right, SFC Bryan Hoover and SFC Robert Fike were together on foot patrol in Zabul Providence, SE Afghanistan on June 11, 2010 when they were approached by a male suicide bomber dressed in a woman’s burqa.