Colin Powell

Colin Powell

Colin Powell began with humble origins as the son of Jamaican immigrants. Powell joined the military at CCNY in ROTC, and he quickly rose through the ranks to become a full four-star general. Powell was a soldier stationed in Vietnam, South Korea, and Germany. He commanded thousands of troops in battle and peacetime. Powell also had many different positions at the White House, he was a National Security Advisor, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War. Colin Powell became the first African-American Secretary of State under president of George W. Bush. Throughout Colin Powell's life, he rose from a cadet colonel of a ROTC division to one of the most important and respected positions in the US government.

Facts about Colin Powell

Powell at the UN

"It can be done!"
-Colin Powell

Timeline of Colin Powell's Life
April 5, 1937, Colin Powell was born in the Bronx, New York City 1958: Powell was commissioned into the Army as a second Lieutenant 1968-69: He served in the 23rd division in Vietnam
1987: Powell became assistant to the President on affairs of national security under President Ronald Reagan 1989: President George Bush appointed Powell as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Powell was also promoted to commander of FORSCOM, Commander of all US army forces, more than one million people. 1991: Powell won the Spingarm Medal for his achievements
1993: Colin Powell retired from the military as a full General 1997: Established America's Promise Foundation 2001: Colin Powell was appointed Secretary of State under President George W. Bush

Powell's Pitfall

July 1963, Vietnam: While leading his unit through the jungle, Powell's right leg suddenly dropped into a shallow hole along a creek bed. He felt a sharp in his foot and immediately knew that he had fallen victim to one of the Viet Cong simplest and most lethal weapons, a punji Stick. This was a piece of wood widdled as sharp as a razor, with a tip smeared with buffalo dung. The Punji stick had pierced the sole of his boot and stabbed him in the foot. This wound could cause life-threatning fever and infection. Powell's foot became swollen and seriously infected when he arrived at camp. Powell was given treatment and healed quickly but finished his term in Vietnam at The First Army of the republic of Vietnam Division.

"Our strategy in going after this army is very simple. First we are going to cut it off, and then we are going to kill it."
-Colin Powell

This page was created by Nicholas DeMarinis
PEGASUS 8, LaSalle Academy, February 3, 2005
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