Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

American World War II pilot, first African-American U.S. Air Force general
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Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr. (December 18, 1912 – July 4, 2002) was an American United States Air Force general and commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen. He was the first African-American general in the United States Air Force. On December 9, 1998, he was advanced to four-star general by President Bill Clinton.

Davis, Jr. in c. 1960

Davis, Jr. was born on December 18, 1912 in Washington, D.C.. He studied at the University of Chicago and at the United States Military Academy. Davis, Jr. was married to Agatha Davis until her death in 2002. They had no children. Davis, Jr. died on July 4, 2002 from Alzheimer's disease in his home in Washington, D.C., aged 89.[1] He was later buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.


  1. "Benjamin O. Davis Jr., 89, Dies; First Black General in Air Force". July 6, 2002. Archived from the original on April 4, 2013.

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