Throwback Thursday: Colonel Charles Young, America’s First African American Military Attaché.
By DIA Public Affairs
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1943 cartoon about the life of Colonel Charles Young, by Charles Alston.
Charles Young was the third African American graduate of West Point, the first black U.S. National Park Service superintendent, the first African American military attaché, and the highest ranking black officer in the United States Army until his death in 1922.
DIA recognizes Black History Month on this #Throwback Thursday with a WWII era rendering by the Office of War Information honoring the service of Colonel Charles Young, America’s First African American Military Attaché. A 1889 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Colonel Young served in many high level positions in his distinguished Army career to include his positions as Military Attaché in both Haiti & Liberia.
The Defense Attaché System, part of DIA since 1965, supports overt human intelligence collection activities and military cooperation efforts worldwide. Serving at Defense Attaché Offices co-located at U.S. Embassies in foreign nations, DIA’s attachés serve as a representative of the Secretary of Defense in diplomatic relations with foreign governments and militaries, leading the coordination of military activities & engagement with partner nations.