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Benjamin O Davis Jr

2014 JROTC Black History Month Project
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Ramsha Ajaz

on 21 February 2014

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2002
1912
Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
Background Information
He was born on December 18, 1912 in Washington, DC.
His father, Benjamin O. Davis Sr., was the first African-American General in the U.S. Army.
His mother died from complications from childbirth.
Attended West Point, Case Western Reserve University, and University of Chicago.
He died on July 4, 2002 at the age of 89.

The Tuskegee Airmen
Eight Tuskegee airmen pose in front of a P-40 fighter in 1942

Education
Case Western Reserve University (1929 - 1930)
University of Chicago (1930 -1932)
West Point (1932 - 1936)
Discrimination
Contributions
World War II
Korean War

Honors/Achievements
He finished 35th out of 278 in his class at West Point
Second Black combat officer in the U.S. Army
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Air Medal
Philippine Legion of Honor
Legion of Merit
Air Force Commendation Medal
Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross

Highest Rank Earned
President Bill Clinton pinning the four-star insignia on General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
By Ramsha Ajaz
Conclusion
“...the Negro type has not the proper reflexes to make a first-class fighter pilot.” General Edwin House, about the Tuskegee Airmen
“General Davis is here today as living proof that a person can overcome adversity and discrimination, achieve great things, turn skeptics into believers; and through example and perseverance, one person can bring truly extraordinary change.”
-President Bill Clinton
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