Marine Corps Aviation: Lt Gen Frank E. Petersen
Carl | October 5, 2012
In this official Marine Corps recruiting video (circa 1975) Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, USMC (Retired) talks about the opportunities available for young African-American Marines.
Gen. Petersen was the first African-American aviator, squadron leader, wing commander, and general officer. He served 2 combat tours in Korea and Vietnam and won numerous decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.
At the time of his retirement in 1988, Petersen was the highest ranking aviator in the Marine Corps. In fact, his date of designation as an aviator preceded all other aviators in the US Army, Navy, and Air Force, too.
For more information about this video, please contact the Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, Quantico, VA.
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