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He Overcame More than Gravity: The First African American Marine Aviator

Gen. Frank E. Petersen

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GE Aviation Lecture Series
Presenter: General Frank E. Petersen, USMC (Ret.)
Thursday, September 27, 2012
8:00 pm
Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
Museum in Washington, DC

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Marines are known as the few and the proud, ready to take on any mission, but none faced the immense challenges that Frank Petersen did when he joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and applied for a Marine Corps commission. After becoming the first African American Marine aviator, Petersen pioneered "first" in every aspect of his career throughout the Korean and Vietnam wars, culminating with his selection as the first African American Marine Corps General. Join us for the compelling story of General Petersen and the racial transformation of the Marine Corps.

General Petersen will sign copies of his book, Into the Tiger’s Jaw, after the lecture.

The GE Aviation Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of GE Aviation.

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