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Friday, February 11, 2005

Army rights wrong to first African-American chaplain

By Eric Cramer. February 10, 2005 WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 10, 2005) -- More than 100 years after the court-martial of Chaplain Capt. Henry Vinton Plummer, the Army redressed a wrong and issued an honorable discharge to the first African-American to be commissioned a chaplain in the Army.Maj. Gen. David H. Hicks, U.S. Army chief of chaplains, said it was time the Army corrected its error.“I am personally gratified that the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records, after 114 years, has restored Chaplain Capt. Henry Plummer to his rightful and deserved place in the history of the United States Army Chaplaincy,” Hicks said. “This action makes me proud of the Army in its willingness to right former injustice by granting his honorable discharge in recognition of his many years of selfless service, both before and after 1894.” Complete Story: http://www4.army.mil/news/article.php?story=6847

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