On this day in Alabama history: Daniel ‘Chappie’ James Jr. was born

On this day in Alabama history: Daniel ‘Chappie’ James Jr. was born
Secretary of Defense Harold Brown and Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James visit with President Jimmy Carter, Jan. 26, 1978. (National Archives and Records Administration, Carter White House Photographs Collection, Wikipedia)

February 11, 1920

Tuskegee Airman Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. was born in Pensacola, Florida. Expelled from Tuskegee Institute for fighting in 1937, James returned to the institute in 1942 to study and work as a civilian flight instructor with Charles “Chief” Anderson. The next year, James entered the military flying training program and served in the Air Force throughout World War II, though he saw no combat himself. During the Korean and Vietnam wars, he distinguished himself as a fighter pilot with a combined 179 combat missions. In 1975, James became the nation’s first African-American four-star general of any military service. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1993.

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