Into the Tiger's Jaw: America's First Black Marine Aviator: The Autobiography of Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen

Into the Tiger s Jaw America s First Black Marine Aviator The Autobiography of Lt Gen Frank E Petersen On June th when Frank Petersen enlisted in the Navy he had no idea that he was embarking on a career that would cover almost forty years and would push him to the front of the revolution in r

  • Title: Into the Tiger's Jaw: America's First Black Marine Aviator: The Autobiography of Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen
  • Author: Frank E. Petersen J. Alfred Phelps
  • ISBN: 9780891416753
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On June 6th, 1950, when Frank Petersen enlisted in the Navy, he had no idea that he was embarking on a career that would cover almost forty years and would push him to the front of the revolution in race relations that continues to sweep the country to this day The eighteen year old from Kansas was following in the footsteps of innumerable young men before him join the NOn June 6th, 1950, when Frank Petersen enlisted in the Navy, he had no idea that he was embarking on a career that would cover almost forty years and would push him to the front of the revolution in race relations that continues to sweep the country to this day The eighteen year old from Kansas was following in the footsteps of innumerable young men before him join the Navy and see the world He looked for excitement, adventure, and possessed a yearning to escape the too familiar confines of pre Brown vs Board of Education Topeka Navy boot camp led to electronics school where he applied for the Navy s aviation cadet program Against seemingly overwhelming odds, Seaman Apprentice Petersen was accepted Upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, becoming the first African American pilot in the history of that elite organization This was the first of many firsts in an exciting and momentous career that included combat in Korea and Vietnam, and ended with Petersen retiring as the first African American flag officer and to date only three star general in the history of the United States Marines.

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    1. When I read about this Gentleman/Soldier passing away, I knew I had to enhance my knowledge of a life well lived! The book was a walk through the history of the mid 20th century from a personal perspective from a man who was happened to be right in the middle of it. It was a thoroughly engaging read. It has all of the personal pathos one would expect from a man who just wanted to fly planes. But it tells the story of "progress" of a people and by extension of a nation. I was especially taken whe [...]

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