LtGen Frank E. Petersen, America’s first Black Marine aviator


LtGen Frank E. Petersen was not only the first black Marine aviator, he was also the Corps’ first black general. Read about the illustrious career of the Marine known as the “Godfather.” The “Godfather,” Frank E. Petersen, Jr., has become the first black Marine selected to receive a star in the Marine Corps. Petersen was one of eight colonels nominated for the rank of Marine Corps brigadier general by President Jimmy Carter. The others nominated were Richard M. Cook, Clyde D. Dean, Jerome T. Hagen, Mannon A. Johnson, Jr., James J.…

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Do you know who this is a photo of? Chances are you don’t

Most probably, not one American in one million knows who this man is and that’s a National tragedy. His name is Eugene Jacques Bullard, and he is the first African-American fighter pilot in history. But he is also much more then that: He’s also a national hero, and his story is so incredible that I bet if you wrote a movie script based on it Hollywood would reject it as being too far-fetched. Bullard was an expat living in France, and when World War 1 broke out he joined the French Infantry.…

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Happy Hogmanay, but what is this Scottish Holiday?

Hogmanay (hog-mə-nay) is the word in Scots for the last day of the year. The celebration of Hogmanay is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (on the Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner. It normally begins at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve and is followed by further celebration on the morning of New Year’s Day (1 January) or, in some cases, all the way up to January 2nd, which is also Scottish Bank Holiday. The origins of Hogmanay is unclear, but may have come from Norse and Gaelic…

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