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Buffalo Soldier’s remains buried in Arlington after 100 years

The remains of Corporal Isaiah Mays, a Medal of Honor recipient from the Civil War, have been laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetary.

Mays left the Army in 1893 and many years later applied for a federal pension. But he was denied. He was committed to an Arizona state hospital that cared for the mentally ill, tuberculosis patients and the indigent.

When he died in 1925, Mays was buried in the hospital cemetery in a grave marked only with a number. Years later, a small group of hospital staff and veterans located his grave and arranged for a formal ceremony on Memorial Day 2001.

They were determined that Mays should not be forgotten.

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