One of the original regiments of the California
State Guard raised in 1941. It was a regiment raised by the African
American community in Southern California. The regiment was made
up of veterans of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments and the
24th and 25th Infantry Regiments as well as the 92nd and 93rd
Divisions raised during World War I. This heritage was reflected
in the heraldry of their distinctive unit insignia. The French
"Adrian" helment represents the African American 92nd
and 93rd Divisions that were attached to and equipped by the
French Army. The Bison represents the "Buffalo Soldiers"
of Western Indian Wars fame.
Regimetal Staff of the 7th
Regiment. Currently, only four individuals are identified. Colonel
Moody Staten is the tall officer to the left, Colonel Moody served
as a captain in the Corps of Military Police during World War
I. To his left is his secretary, Corporal Armede Carter and to
his right is his niece. The officer standing at the far right
is the Regimental Chaplain, Rufus Cooper.
Colonel Moody Staten, Commander,
Colonel Moody Staten, Real Estate Broker
and Civic Leader, born in Lincoln County, North Carolina, February
18, 1891, the son of Julius and Ann (Holzclaw) Staten.
Colonel Staten received his early education in the rural schools
of Lincoln County. At the age of twenty-one, he enlisted in the
United States Army, and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Regiment
where he rose to the rank of First Sergeant. He continued his
education in army post schools and at Washington Teachers College.
In 1917, he was commissioned a Captain of Infantry and assigned
to the 92nd Division. He went to France with the 92d Division
and participated in campaigns in Voges Mountains, the Argonne
Forest, and at Metz. In 1923 by presidential appointment he became
Military Attache to the American Legation in the Republic of
Liberia, and Commander of the Liberian Frontier Force for more
than four years.
On December 7, 1941, he was in command of the 7th Regiment, California
State Guard, with the rank of full Colonel Other war-time services
included membership on the Ration Board, Draft Board and Minority
Committee of the War Manpower Commission.
On April 30, 1918, in Manhattan, Kansas Colonel Staten was married
to Miss Lulu Gordon of Spokane, Washington. They are the parents
of one child.
Moody R. Colonel Staten was a member of the American Legion,
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and Negro
Veterans Council of California. Fraternally, he was a member
of I.B.P.O.E. of W., Masonic Lodge, A.F. and A.M. (Prince Hall);
and Order of the Eastern Star. He held membership in the Golden
West Realty, Board, the Outdoor Life and Health Association,
the Pacilic Town Club, the Century Club, 28th Street Branch,
YMCA, and' the NAACP. His religious faith was indicated his membership
in the Zion Temple Non-denominational Church.
Colonel Moody died in March 1, 1970 at
79 years old.