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Roscoe Robinson, Jr.

Born: Oct 11, 1928

Death: Jul 22, 1993

Birthplace: St. Louis

Nationality: United States

Roscoe Robinson, Jr.

Date of Birth : Oct 11, 1928
Date of Death : Jul 22, 1993
Birth Place : St. Louis

Roscoe Robinson, Jr., was the first African American to become a four-star general in the United States Army. He was born on October 11, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended St. Louis University for only a year and then transferred to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1947. Robinson graduated with a degree in military engineering in 1951. After graduating he served in the Korean War in 1952 as a platoon leader and rifle company commander. For his actions he received the Bronze Star. Sent back to the United States a year later he became an instructor in the Airborne Department of the United States Army Infantry School. Robinson then went on to graduate from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1963. The following year he received his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in international affairs. In 1967 he served as battalion commander in Vietnam. For his achievements there he received the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, 11 Air Medals, and two Silver Stars. After Vietnam he served at the National War College for three years as the executive officer to the Chief of Staff.

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