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A Soldier's Story: General Benjamin O Davis Sr.



General Benjamin O Davis Sr. had an impressive military career,

Initially enlisting (against his parents' wishes) during the Spanish-American war in 1889 as a 1st Lieutenant, but mustered out shortly after.

General Benjamin Davis re-enlisted as a Private in June 1899 into the 9th Calvary (The Buffalo Soldiers), spending time on the western frontier.

With Lieutenant Charles Young's tutoring, he passed the Officers Candidate test in 1901 and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant.

General Benjamin Davis served again with the 9th Calvary during the Philippine insurrection, during 1902, and when the 9th Calvary was deployed to Liberia in 1911/12 and their patrolling of the Mexico/US border during 1912.

He returned with the 9th Calvary to the Philippines from 1917-1920.

Between the gaps of his deployments with the 9th Calvary, he taught Military Science and Tactics at Wilberforce University and Tuskegee University.

General Benjamin Davis had the honor of escorting WWI Gold Star Mothers and Widows to the burial places of their soldiers during the summers of 1930-1933.

In 1938 he was assigned to the 369th infantry. He was appointed Brigadier General on October 25th, 1940, by President Roosevelt, becoming the first African American to achieve that rank in any US Military branch.

General Benjamin Davis was assigned to the Office of the Inspector General as an advisor to African-American military policies. His inspections during the European Theater were influential in military troop integration.

On July 20th, 1948, General Davis retired after a 50-year military career, with a public ceremony presided over by President Harry S Truman.

He received the Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star during his military career.

After retirement, General Benjamin O Davis served as a member of the American Battle Monuments Commission from 1953 to 1961.

General Benjamin O Davis Jr., who died November 26th, 1970, is buried in Arlington Cemetery.


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