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Lieutenant Colonel Frank E. Petersen, Jr. climbs into his phantom jet for a combat mission in Vietnam in 1968. (Photo by SSgt Stacy/Marine Corps)

Marines' first black aviator and general dies

Retired Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen, who made history twice as the first African-American aviator in the Marine Corps and then as the Corps' first African-American general, has died at 83, the Marines' announced.Petersen, who flew more than 350 combat missions in Korea and Vietnam, died Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, Maryland, of...

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