James, Daniel, Jr.

James, Daniel, Jr. (“Chappie”)

(1920–78) aviator; born in Pensacola, Fla. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and served as a fighter pilot and instructor. He saw combat in Korea and Vietnam, headed the North American Air Defense Command (1975–78), and became the first African-American to attain four stars in the U.S. military.
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