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Davis, Benjamin Oliver Sr.

Born: 1877 AD
Died: 1970 AD
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.