​November 26, 1970: Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. Died

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Benjamin O. Davis, Sr, died at Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1997, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 32 cent stamp honoring Davis.

Brigadier General was the 1st African-American general officer in the United States Army. He was the father of the 1st African American Air Force General, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

DATES OF RANK:

■First Lieutenant, USV – July 13, 1898

■Private – June 18, 1899

■Corporal –

■Sergeant Major – 1900

■Second Lieutenant, USA – August 1901 (date of rank February 2)

■First Lieutenant, USA – March 30, 1905

■Captain, USA – December 24, 1915, 

■National Army – August 5, 1917

■Lieutenant Colonel, National Army – May 1, 1918

■Captain, USA (reverted to peacetime rank) – December 24, 1915

■Lieutenant Colonel, USA – July 1, 1920

■Colonel, USA – February 18, 1930

■Brigadier General, USA – October 25, 1940

Read more about his legacy & honors at: Daily Black History Facts

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