Legacies Lt Gen Frank E Petersen Jr the…

Legacies: Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first black aviator and the first black general in the U.S. Marine Corps, died Tuesday, according to a release Wednesday from the Marine Corps.

“As he moved us kids from base to base, he really enjoyed getting us out on adventures. Any time you went on a journey with Dad, you were in for a hell of a ride,” his son said. Petersen was promoted to brigadier general in 1979. He retired in 1988. His son said Petersen loved living on the Chesapeake Bay and loved being on the water. As tough as he had to be as a Marine, his son said, “He was as peaceful and gentle as you could ask a dad to be and was always there for us.” Petersen said his father never complained, “even to his last day. You couldn’t ask for a better father.”

His biography, “Into the Tiger’s Jaw” is a best-seller. He was 83.