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Benjamin O. Davis Sr., soldier who became the first black general in the U.S. Army. He was promoted to Brigadier General by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. During World War II, he headed a special unit charged with safeguarding the status and morale of black soldiers in the army, and he served in the European theatre as a special adviser on race relations. He retired in 1948 after 50 years of service.

Benjamin O. Davis Sr., soldier who became the first black general in the U.S. Army. He was promoted to Brigadier General by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. During World War II, he headed a special unit charged with safeguarding the status and morale of black soldiers in the army, and he served in the European theatre as a special adviser on race relations. He retired in 1948 after 50 years of service.

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