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Pensacola native Gen. "Chappie" James honored at gala

Pensacola native Gen. "Chappie" James honored at gala

A packed crowd gathered Saturday night to celebrate the life of a local military hero.

The late Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. was the first African-American ever to achieve the rank of four-star general.

The Air Force pilot’s military career spanned three wars.

A museum recently opened on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in his honor. It includes an active flight academy for young people.

James’ legacy was celebrated at a black-tie gala with some of his relatives from out of town.

“No one has remembered their town and given it more credit in their lives than my dad did to this town,” said Chappie’s son Claude James.

James says momentum is growing to name the new Pensacola Bay Bridge in his dad’s honor.

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