By: Chloe Ballinger
Colin Powell was the first African American appointed as a U.S. Secretary of State. He was the first and only to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He received many awards, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Soldiers Medal, Legion of Merit, White House Fellow, and a Secretary Award. In the military, he was known as leader. Powell was a nationalist. He loved to serve and protect his country. In 2004, Colin Powell resigned from Secretary of State. Colin was a very hardworking man. He was a leader and he was brave.
Colin Powell was born on April 5, 1937, in Harlem, New York City, NY. In 1962, he married Alma Vivian Johnson, and together they had three kids. After he married, he was involved with the Vietnam War. Powell was wounded in action. He received a Soldier's Medal for pulling several men out of a burning helicopter. When Powell returned from Vietnam, studied for his master degree in business administration at George Washington University in Washington D.C. In 1971, he received the degree. During the Persian Gulf War, Colin was a leader. He was awarded a Congressional gold medal. Powell retired from the military in 1993. He was often mentioned as a potential candidate for president.