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BRIGADIER GENERAL BENJAMIN O. DAVIS SR. - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 174780

 

BENJAMIN O. DAVIS SR.
The first black general in the United States Army.
Philatelic Envelope signed: "B. O. Davis/Brig. Gen U S A", 6¼x3½. Commemorating the progress of transportation, 3-cent U.S. stamp affixed that is postmarked; typed address to collector in Chicago. Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. became the first black general in the U.S. Army upon his promotion to Brigadier General in October 1940. During World War II, Davis travelled throughout Europe as an advisor on race relations in the Army; he tirelessly promoted the desegregation of American armed forces. Davis had joined the service in 1898 after the outbreak of the Spanish-American War and attained the rank of Major by the time the U.S. entered World War I. He completed his distinguished 50-year military career on July 20, 1948, when President Harry S. Truman presided over his official retirement ceremony in the White House. Fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 21x17.


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BRIGADIER GENERAL BENJAMIN O. DAVIS SR.
Born: July 1, 1877
Died: November 26, 1970



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