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Davis, Benjamin Oliver Sr.

Born: 1877 AD
Died: 1970 AD, at 93 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: General


1877 - Born in Washington, D.C., on the 1st of July. He was the first African-American general in the U.S. Army.


1898 - He entered the military service on 13th of July as a temporary first lieutenant of the 8th United States Volunteer Infantry.


1899 - He was mustered out on 6th of March.


        - On 18th of June, he enlisted as a private in Troop I, U.S. 9th Cavalry Regiment of the Regular Army and served as corporal and squadron sergeant major.


1901 - On the 2nd of February, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of Cavalry in the Regular Army.


1901 - In August he was assigned to duty with the 2nd Squadron, 10th Cavalry.


1905-1909 - He was made Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Wilberforce University, Ohio.


1905 - Promoted to first lieutenant on 30th of March.


1912 - Served as Military Attaché to Monrovia, Liberia.


1915 - Attained the rank of captain on 24th of December.


1917 - He was the temporary major on 5th of August.


1918 - Became the lieutenant colonel (temporary) on 1st of May.


1919 - He reverted to his permanent rank of captain on 14th of October.


1920 - Promoted to lieutenant colonel on 1st of July.


1930 - Became colonel on 18th of February.


1937 - He was transferred from Tuskegee Institute to Wilberforce University.


1940 - Served as brigadier general on 25th of October.


1941 - He was retired on 31st of July and recalled to active duty with the rank of brigadier general the following day.


1942 - Assigned to the European Theater of Operations in September.


1944 - Became Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Communications Zone, and European Theater of Operations, stationed in Paris, France.


1945 - He was granted a period of detached service for the purposes of recuperation and rehabilitation.


1946 - In January he became Special Assistant to the Inspector General, Washington, D.C.


1948 - He retired on 14th of July as the senior Brigadier General.


1970 - Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. died on 26th of November.





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