General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr., was the first USAF African-American 4-star general. Upon being promoted to 4-star grade on Sept. 1, 1975, General James was assigned as Commander in Chief North American Air Defense Command and Aerospace Defense Command, a position he held until his retirement on Feb. 1, 1978. He died 24 days later. General James, who served in WWII and the Korean and Southeast Asian Conflicts summed up his thoughts on his role as an American serviceman:

"I've fought in three wars and three more wouldn't be too many to defend my country. I love America and as she has weaknesses or ills, I'll hold her hand."