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Into The Tigers Jaw Frank E. Petersen

Into The Tigers Jaw

Frank E. Petersen

Published March 20th 2007
ISBN : 9781425113797
Paperback
366 pages
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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 realations that continues to sweet the countryMoreOn 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 realations that continues to sweet 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 Navys aviation cadet program. Against seemingly overwhelming odds, Seaman Apprentice Petersen was accepted. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2nd 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.