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Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis Sr. Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 1, 1877
Died: November 26, 1970
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Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. (1877-1970), 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.

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