27 Feb '18, 10am

“Ten Stars” Biography Details Life of First African-American To Lead Troops in Combat https://t.co/3IMBJykZvO

“Ten Stars” Biography Details Life of First African-American To Lead Troops in Combat https://t.co/3IMBJykZvO

General J. Gary Cooper is not a man who minces words or actions. He’s a Marine’s Marine. A true Leatherneck. In a word, a Badass with a capital B. Against all odds, Cooper beat down rampant racism, endured bombs and bullets, and had a legendary career of firsts. Most notably, he was the first black Marine to command and lead a desegregated team of Marine riflemen into combat in Vietnam. And now he can celebrate another personal first—Cooper’s must-read life story is told in the book Ten Stars by Kendal Weaver. Truly One of “the Few, the Proud” “When I graduated from Notre Dame, I was one of three African Americans in a class of 1,500,” says General Cooper. “And when I got commissioned in 1958, out of 20,000 Marine Corps officers, only 6 were African-American.” Cooper, in the truest tradition of a roguish Marine, believed that some rules were to be followed, some bent, and ...

Full article: https://www.military.com/history/first-african-american-l...

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