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Your Black History: A Salute To Frank E. Petersen, America’s First Black Marine General

imagesBy Victor Trammell

The selfless and brave commitments of our nation’s military are most certainly commendable.

Soldiers who serve America in war and peace sacrifice their lives. The daily duties of the Armed Forces secure freedom for all U.S. citizens.

On this day 34 years ago, black America was represented in the U.S. Military by an honorable man who earned the rank of his fellow soldiers.

In today’s edition of Your Black History for BlackBlueDog.com, we pay tribute to Frank E. Petersen, America’s first black Marine Corps General.

Frank E. Petersen (pictured) was born on March 2, 1932 in Topeka, Kansas. At the age of 18, Petersen enlisted in the U.S. Navy to become a Seaman Apprentice.

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