​October 25, 1940: Benjamin O. Davis, Sr Makes History In The Army

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Benjamin O. Davis, Sr, becomes the 1st African American General in the United States Army. 

Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr was the father of Air Force General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

DECORATIONS & HONORS: ■General Davis’ U.S. military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) and Bronze Star.

■His DSM medal, awarded by General Order 10, dated February 22, 1945, stated that Benjamin O. Davis was awarded the DSM “for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility from June 1941 to November 1944.” 

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

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