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Davis, Benjamin Oliver Jr.

Born: 1912 AD
Died: 2002 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: General

US air force general


1912 – Born on the 18th of December in Washington, D.C.


1926 – At the age of 14 he went for a flight with a barnstorming pilot at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C.


1932 – Entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Representative Oscar De Priest (R-IL) of Chicago sponsored him.


1936 – Graduated 35th in a class of 276 at US Military Academy and was the academy’s fourth black graduate (1st black graduate in 20th century).


1941 – Roosevelt administration assigned him to the first training class at Tuskegee Army Air Field.


1942 – He was the first cadet to get his wings from the Tuskegee Army Air Field on 7th of March.


       – Won his wings as one of five black officers to complete the course.


       – In July he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and was named commander of the first all-black air unit, the 99th Pursuit Squadron.


1943 – Davis was called back to the United States to take command of the 332d Fighter Group.


1945 – He took over the all-black 477th Bombardment Group, which was stationed at Godman Field, Kentucky.


1944 – Received the Silver Star for a strafing run into Austria and the Distinguished Flying Cross for a bomber-escort mission to Munich on 9th June.


1948 – President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order ordering the racial integration of the armed forces.


1965 – Became the 1st black general in US Air Force.


1970 – He held the rank of Lieutenant General.


1971 – Became Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Environment, Safety, and Consumer Affairs.


1975 – Retired from the Department of Transportation.


1978 – Served on the American Battle Monuments Commission.


1991 – He published his autobiography, Benjamin O. Davis Jr.


1998 – On 9th of December President Clinton awarded him a fourth star raising him to the rank of full general.


2002 – Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. died on 4th of July.