Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. (February 11, 1920 – February 25, 1978) was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force who, in 1975, became the first African American to reach the rank of four-star general in the United States Armed Forces. James attended the famous Tuskegee Institute and instructed African American pilots during World War II.
Daniel “Chappie” James was born in 1920 in segregated Pensacola, Florida, near the Pensacola Naval Air Station. In his teens, he pointed to a plane flying above his home and said one day he was going to fly. His friends quickly reminded him of his one handicap: he was black. Chappie never allowed racism to get in his way, however.
Nov 24, 2007 · Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr. was born February 11, 1920 to parents Daniel and Lilly Anna James of Pensacola, Florida. As a young man growing up in the Deep South during the era of Jim Crow, he experienced racism first hand and resolved to overcome discrimination and to excel. James graduated from Pensacola’s Washington High School in 1937.
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Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/1911/daniel-james: accessed ), memorial page for Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. (11 Feb 1920–25 Feb 1978), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1911, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
- 11 Feb 1920, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
- Section 2, Lot 4968-B map grid V/33.
- 25 Feb 1978 (aged 58), Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
- Arlington, Virginia
General Daniel James Jr., is special assistant to the chief of staff, U.S. Air Force. General James was born in 1920, in Pensacola, Florida, where he graduated from Washington High School in June 1937. From
Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. (1920-1978) was the first African American man to become a four star general in the history of the U.S. military. Daniel "Chappie" James was born in Pensacola, Florida, in 1920, the last of 17 children.
Gen. Daniel R. “Chappie” James Jr. (1920-1978), a Tuskegee Airman who trained and served during World War II, in 1975 became the first African American to achieve the grade of four-star general....
In June 2020, Florida Governor DeSantis signed into law the bill that names the new Pensacola Bay Bridge the General Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr. Bridge to honor this great Pensacola native son and trail-blazing national hero.
Aug 30, 2018 · Daniel James Jr. was born in 1920 in Pensacola, Fla., the last of his parents’ 17 children. His father worked hard at a good job for the local gas company. His mother was unimpressed with the quality of the segregated public school he would have attended as a youngster, so she started her own. It gradually attracted other neighborhood children.