Black History and Culture

Black Firsts in the Military


La'Shonda Holmes
First African American female helicopter in the United States Coast Guard 


Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.
First African American to become a General in the US Army



Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
First African American to become a General in the US Air Force



William H. Carney
First African American to
be awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honor

 
   
 Montford Point Marines
The first African Americans
to serve in the
United States Marines
 


Colin Powell
(front)
First African American to serve as Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff



Samuel L. Gravely, Jr.
First African American to command a United States warship



Henry O. Flipper
First African American
to graduate from
West Point Military Academy

First African American
WAVES Officers 


Harriet Ida Pickens (l)
Frances Wills (r)


Daniel "Chappie" James
First Black four-star General in the US Air Force



Hazel Johnson
(1927-2011)
First African American woman to become a General in the US Army

 
Daniel James III
First African American to serve as Director of the Air National Guard

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