Colin Powell


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  • ROTC
  • Colin Luther Powell was born in Harlem NYC on April 5th 1937 to Jamaican immigrants Luther and Maude Powell. He also had an older sister, Marilyn and lived with lots of extended family. He grew up in Hunts Point in the Bronx, NY during WW2 and idolized Colin Kelly, an american pilot who was shot down by a Japanese battleship.
  • Department of Defense
  • Powell went through NY public schools, graduated from Morris High School in 1954 and then studied geology at the City College of New York. He joined the ROTC (reserve officers training corps) and found his career.
  • Powell graduated in 1958 and married Alma Vivian Johnson, then was sent to fight in Vietnam but was injured. He was awarded a purple heart and a bronze star award. His second time in Vietnam, he investigated the My Lai massacre (the massacre of 300-500 unarmed Vietnam civilians by US forces) he defended it and told people US and Vietnamese civilian relations were fine. He was injured in a helicopter crash but managed to save 10 of his comrades so was awarded the Soldiers Medal and 11 other awards.
  • In 1989, Colin Powell was appointed the first African American Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs which is the highest military position in the department of defense. He became a national figure during "Desert Storm" operations and the Gulf War in Iraq.
  • In 2000 he was appointed as Secretary of State, the highest government position ever held by an African American at the time. In 2003 he presented false evidence in front the UN Security Council about Iraq's weapon development program in order to trick Congress into thinking Iraq was an immediate threat. In 2004 he resigned. He is still alive and is working in business as well as trying to give children from different backgrounds equal opportunities for success.
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  • USA
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