Daniel James Jr.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Daniel James Jr. was born in Pensacola, Florida back in 1920 to Daniel and Lillie.  His father worked for the Pensacola city gas company, his mother was a high school teacher.  He graduated in 1942, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical education.  He joined the Aviation Cadet Program of the US. Army Air Forces in 1943.

He stayed as a training instructor for pilots in the Army Air Corps.  He completed P-40 Warhawk training and the B-25 Mitchell training.  He was with the 617th Bomb Squadron of the 477th Bomb Group.  In 1949, he was assigned flight leader with the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, stationed in the Philippines. During the Korean War, he flew 101 combat missions in the P-51 Mustang and the F-80 aircraft.

By 1966, he had made his way to deputy commander of operations, stationed in Thailand.  He retired in 1978, dying, shortly after the same year, he was 58.

What you may not know about Daniel is that he was the first African American to reach the rank of four-star general in the armed forces.  He received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, two Legion of Merits, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, Meritorious Service Medals, along with fourteen other Air Medals.

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Comments (20)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Daniel achieved much in his life - gone far too soon.  

Nov 21, 2020 03:57 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Sounds like he lived his life to the fullest and was honored for his dedication to duty.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 21, 2020 04:17 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

A true American hero and we deserved the awards he received. 

Nov 21, 2020 04:39 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I wish that we were always equal no matter the color of our skin and what not.

Nov 21, 2020 04:50 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - that is an very exceptional service and a historic one.

Nov 21, 2020 05:33 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Daniel only saw the road ahead with no detours. Many should follow his lead. Enjoy your day!

Nov 21, 2020 05:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... Daniel is the epitome of bravery and heroism! 

Nov 21, 2020 06:03 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morrning, James Dray 

Daniel James Jr. Biography, Life, Interesting Facts

Nov 21, 2020 06:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a very special weekend.

Nov 21, 2020 07:28 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Thank you James Dray for another insight to an interesting figure in history.

Nov 21, 2020 09:34 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Another great history lesson of what it takes to keep working at something and moving up the ranks.


Nov 21, 2020 09:42 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story of an epic moment in our history.  Hurray for Daniel James. a four star general!  A

Nov 21, 2020 10:46 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What an amazing career he had, and one that was well-recognized. Too bad his life ended so soon - what else might he have accomplished?

Nov 21, 2020 03:27 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for introducing us to this highly decorated Air Force officer. 

Happy Saturday evening James Dray 

Nov 21, 2020 04:21 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thank you for sharing this great story of the distinguished  Daniel James. 

Nov 21, 2020 05:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- and thank you for featuring another accomplished person. It is a shame that he passed away at such a young age. 

Nov 21, 2020 06:32 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Well you found another one for me to send to Tina. Thanks James Dray . So many of the people you write about are linked to the military. It shows where many truly great people come from.

Nov 21, 2020 07:27 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What a shame he died so young, maybe he should not have retired...sad...Endre

Nov 21, 2020 11:32 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Inspiring and full of energy.  He could not stop.  Thank you, James~!

My Dad also joined the Army Air Corps.  He was training one day and asked the instructor on which air field he should land.  The trainer replied: "Loy, there is only one runway down there.  It looks like you will need glasses."

At that time they did not allow fliers wearing specs, so Dad instead managed his outfit and retired as Chief Master Seargent.  He married my Mom in Athens and the rest is my history...

Dec 20, 2020 05:25 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Daniel James Jr.’s collection of medals due to his long-term service to his country and his leadership skills are truly spectacular.

Mar 06, 2021 04:19 PM