Frank Petersen Jr.

Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr. (1932 - 2015)

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Gen. Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr.
Born in Topeka, Shawnee Co, Kansas, USAmap
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Brother of [private sister (1930s - unknown)], and
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Stevensville, Queen Anne's Co, Maryland, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Aug 2015
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Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr. was born in Topeka Kansas on March 2, 1932, to Frank Petersen and Edythe Southard.

His father Frank Sr. who worked as a radio repairman and his mother Edythe met at the University of Kansas.

Frank was a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general, the first African American Marine Corps aviator, and the first African American General in the Marines.

On October 6, 2018, the 33rd Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding (DDG 121) was christened Frank E. Petersen Jr. The Ship was sponsored by Mrs. D'Arcy Neller, wife of U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller, USMC; and Dr. Alicia J. Petersen, widow of the ship's namesake, LtGen Frank E. Petersen Jr., USMC (Ret). The two sponsors ceremoniously broke a bottle of sparkling wine against the bow of DDG 121 at the ship's christening[1].


  • 1940 USA Census of KS,Shawnee-Co,Topeka,Ward#5 ed#89-45C sheet#1A family#11 NARA#T627_1260 for Frank E. PETERSEN in household of Frank E Petersen. Available as a digital image on & FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 August 2015).

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Frank by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Frank:

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