Into the Tiger's Jaw: America's First Black Marine Aviator

Into the Tiger's Jaw: America's First Black Marine Aviator

by Frank E. Peterson Jr.
     
 

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Lt. General Frank E. Petersen’s autobiography provides a critical examination of this remarkable Marine’s career, from his accomplishments as the first black pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps to his promotion to Lieutenant General and final service as Commander U.S. Marine Corp Base Quantico, Virginia. At the time of his retirement in 1988, General Petersen

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Lt. General Frank E. Petersen’s autobiography provides a critical examination of this remarkable Marine’s career, from his accomplishments as the first black pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps to his promotion to Lieutenant General and final service as Commander U.S. Marine Corp Base Quantico, Virginia. At the time of his retirement in 1988, General Petersen was the first and only black pilot to hold command and the only black general in the Marine Corps. A new addition to the Leatherneck Classics series, this story of great personal determination and impressive leadership provides a clear understanding of an inspirational path to success in the military

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612511917
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
04/22/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
524,001
File size:
476 KB

Meet the Author

Lt. General Frank E. Petersen was born in Topeka, Kansas. He enlisted in the Navy in 1950, entered the Navy Aviation Cadet Program in 1951. He completed flight training in 1952 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps becoming the first African American pilot in the history of the Corps. During the Korean and Vietnam conflicts he flew over 350 combat missions. In 1978 he was promoted to Brigadier General and became the first African American General in the United States Marine Corps. In 1983 he was promoted to Major General and to Lt. General in 1986. From 1978 until his retirement in 1988 General Petersen was the only black general in the USMC. Throughout his military career, he commanded every echelon of aviation from fighter squadron to Marine Air Wing. From 1985 to 1988 he held the title of “Silver Hawk” and “Grey Eagle as the senior ranking aviator in the U.S. Naval Service. General Petersen’s final military assignment was as Commander Marine Corps Combat and Development Command Quantico, Virginia. General Petersen has five children, Gayle, Dana, Frank, Lindsay and Monique. He lives on the Chesapeake Bay, in Stevensville, MD.

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