Becton: Autobiography of a Soldier and Public Servant

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Overview


This autobiography, published in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), highlights Lt. Gen. Becton's remarkable career and reveals the influences that contributed to his success. Becton's autobiography reflects on his youth in the suburban Philadelphia area, his parental and family influences, and his almost forty years of service in the U.S. Army and in subsequent civilian appointments. His devotion to leadership, education, service, race, and his spiritual upbringing are all central themes in the book.

After finishing high school, Becton entered a segregated Army at age eighteen and over nearly forty years rose to the rank of lieutenant general. Two years after enlisting in the Army Air Corps Enlisted Reserve, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry and subsequently fought with distinction in the Korean War. Integrated into the Regular Army in 1951, he went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and economics and held combat commands in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He commanded the legendary 1st Cavalry Division in 1975-76. Promoted to lieutenant general in 1978, he served as commanding general of the U.S. VII Corps in Germany and deputy commander of Training and Doctrine Command and the Army Inspector of Training before retiring in 1983.

Following retirement he entered fields of international disaster assistance, emergency management, and education. Becton joined the Reagan administration in 1984 as Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance for the Agency for International Development. From 1985 to 1989 he was director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Over the next six years, he was the COO of American Coastal Industries and president of Prairie View A&M University. His final civilian post was as CEO/Superintendent of public schools in the District of Columbia. Becton was listed several times by Ebony magazine as "One of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in America."

In 2007 he was selected to receive the George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest award presented by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) for being a "soldier, combat commander, administrator, educator, public servant, government leader, and role model."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591140214
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author


Lt. Gen. Julius W. Becton Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.), is a resident of Springfield, VA. He wrote the foreword for 761st Black Panther Tank Battalion in World War II and The Exclusion of Black Soldiers from the Medal of Honor in World War II.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Foreword     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Prologue     xv
Growing up on the Main Line     1
My Call to Service     14
Active Duty Again     31
Back to the Pacific     39
Peacetime Duty     48
Higher Education     59
The Washington Rat Race     70
Command in Combat     77
The Home Front     90
Life as a General Officer     105
Change of Command     115
The Honest Broker     136
Jayhawkland     148
The Final Salute     167
The Politics of Disaster     179
Taking Charge of FEMA     189
Prairie View     207
An Improbable Journey     230
My Toughest Challenge     241
Retirement at Last     266
Epilogue     281
Appendixes
Executive Order 9981, 26 July 1948     283
Selection Rates for Black Officers to Brigadier General (ACC)     285
Cold Reason     287
Testimony before Homeland Security Subcommittee Staff, 5 May 2003: Gen. Julius W. Becton Jr., USA (Ret.)     290
DonGraham's Letter     293
American Battle Monuments Commission Medal for Distinguished Service Award     294
Veterans History Project Commentary from the Tavis Smiley Show     295
Chronology     298
Acronyms and Abbreviations     303
Notes     306
Index     311
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2009

    INSPIRATIONAL

    Excellent source of history to show what our parents & grandparents went thru to be sucessful. There are SO many people who need to read this to understand that compassion is possible with a sucessful career. This is the story of true dedication to family and country. Because of Julius Becton Jr, we are where we are today. Give this book to anyone you want to inspire to achieve!!

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