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Fri, 02.23.1979

The American Marine Corps Promotes its First Black General

Frank E. Peterson

*On this date in 1979, the first Black man was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Lt. General Frank E. Petersen, from Topeka, Kansas received the honor in Quantico, Virginia. Peterson spent 38 years in the Corp. He also holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from George Washington University. He retired from the Corp in 1988.

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