Brigadier General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. (July 1, 1877 – November 26, 1970) was an American general. He was the first African-American general in the United States Army. The War Department release issued about General Davis’ DSM on February 11, 1945, included the following citation:

For exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility from June, 1941, to November, 1944, as an Inspector of troop units in the field, and as special War Department consultant on matters pertaining to Negro troops. The initiative, intelligence and sympathetic understanding displayed by him in conducting countless investigations concerning individual soldiers, troop units, and components of the War Department brought about a fair and equitable solution to many important problems which have since become the basis of far-reaching War Department policy. His wise advice and counsel have made a direct contribution to the maintenance of soldier morale and troop discipline and has been of material assistance to the War Department and to responsible commanders in the field of understanding personnel matters as they pertain to the individual soldier.

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(General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. (December 18, 1912 – July 4, 2002) was an United States Air Force general and commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen. Davis was the first African-American general in the United States Air Force. After attending the University of Chicago, he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1932. He graduated in 1936, 35th in a class of 278. He was the academy’s fourth black graduate. When he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, the Army had a grand total of two black line officers — Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. and Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.)

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