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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