Lieutenant General Joseph Arthur Ankrah

Born: Aug 18, 1915 AD
Died: 1992 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: Ghanaian
Categories: General

1915 - Born on the 18th of August in Accra, Ghana.

1921 - Began his schooling at the Wesleyan Methodist School in Accra, where his nickname was 'Ankrah Patapaa' for his "forcefulness in arguments and always playing leadership role among his mates".

1932 - He entered Accra Academy, one of the leading secondary schools in Ghana, where he established himself as a good football player.

1937 - He obtained the Senior Cambridge School Certificate.

       - He then joined the Ghana Civil Service.

1940 - While his Brigade was in East Africa, he was transferred to the Record Office in Accra with the rank of Warrant Officer Class II and made second-in-command.

1946 - He went to the Marshfield Officer Cadets Training Unit in the United Kingdom and graduated in February as the first African officer in the Gold Coast Army.

1947 - He was commissioned a lieutenant and became the first African camp commandant at the Army Headquarters.

1956 - He was promoted Major and became the first African to command an all-African company, the Charlie Company of the first Battalion at Tamale.

1960 - He rose to rank of colonel, at a time when there were few Ghanaian officers at that level.

1961 - He was the only Ghanaian awarded the Military Cross in Leopoldville for acts of unsurpassed gallantry in Congo.

1965 - He was dismissed from the Ghana army in July, on suspicion of involvement in a coup plot.

1966 - 1969 - He was the first Ghanaian commander of the Ghana army. He also served as the first military head of state of Ghana.

1966 - Became the Head of state and Chairman of the National Liberation Council after the February 24th coup.

1967 - He mediated between the warring factions of the Nigerian civil war in Biafra.

1992 - Died on the 25th of November.
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