Profiles of Bravery

Gen. Roscoe Robinson, Jr.

First African American four-star general

General Robinson

Gen. Roscoe Robinson Jr. was the first African American to become a four-star general in the United States Army. Robinson had assignments ranging from U.S. Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee, International Military Activities; Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations, U.S. States Army Europe and Seventh Army; and Commanding General, United States Army Japan/IX Corps, he retired from active duty on Nov. 30, 1985, and remained active in business, conducting several studies for the Army. He served as the chairman of the review panel to study the performance of the 24th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. Attesting to his lifetime of service to the nation, the Association of Graduates of the USMA awarded him the Distinguished Graduate Award in May 1993.

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