Brigadier General Colin Luther Powell


Born to Jamaican immigrant parents in Harlem, New York, in 1937, Colin Powell earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for action in Vietnam. Seen in this 1976 photograph as a brigadier general, Powell later became a general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush, and Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American to hold these posts.

National Archives, Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer


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