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    THE FIRST NEGRO TO BE APPOINTED A GENERAL WHILE SERVING WITH THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN VIETNAM NOW COMMANDS THE 199TH LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE.

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    BATTLEFIELD; TROOPS IN ACTION; GENERAL DAVISON TALKS WITH COMPANY COMMANDER; GENERAL DAVISON, CROSSING ROPE, HELPING TROOPS LIFT WOUNDED, MAN BENDING DOWN.




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    Background: THE FIRST NEGRO TO BE APPOINTED A GENERAL WHILE SERVING WITH THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN VIETNAM NOW COMMANDS THE 199TH LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE. HE'S BRIGADIER GENERAL FREDERICK DAVISON A VETERAN OF 27 YEARS ARMY SERVICE.

    GENERAL DAVISON EARLIER THIS MONTH BECAME THE THIRD NEGRO TO ATTAIN THE RANK OF GENERAL IN THE HISTORY OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES.

    AGED 51, HE'S SERVED IN VIETNAM FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. THE 199TH BRIGADE, WHICH DAVISON JOINED AS A DEPUTY COMMANDER, HAS A FINE COMBAT RECORD IN VIETNAM.

    IT'S THE ONLY U.S. BRIGADE OPERATING IN VIETNAM AS AN ENTIRELY SEPARATE UNIT. GENERAL DAVISON IS RESPONSIBLE ONLY TO THE OVERALL COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE AREA. HIS UNIT COVERS HALF THE AREA OF OUTER SAIGON INCLUDING MOST OF THE MAIN INFILTRATION ROUTES INTO THE CITY.

    UNDER GENERAL DAVIDSON'S COMMAND, THE BRIGADE HAS FOUR COMBAT INFANTRY BATTALIONS AND AN ARTILLERY BATTALION BACKED BY HELICOPTERS, AN ARMOURED CAVALRY TROOP, LONG RANGE RECONNAISSANCE PATROL UNITS, A HELICOPTER GUNSHIP TROOP, A COMPANY OF ENGINEERS AND OTHER SUPPORTING FACTIONS.

    THE TWO OTHER AMERICAN NEGROES TO HAVE GAINED GENERAL OFFICER STATUS WERE AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT GENERAL BENJAMIN O. DAVIS JUNIOR, STILL IN ACTIVE DUTY, AND GENERAL DAVIS'S FATHER, NOW RETIRED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAXFY4O5W8PUDKE7QQUIZR840C
    Media URN:
    VLVAAXFY4O5W8PUDKE7QQUIZR840C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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