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Colin Powell Colin Powell is a great man He played an important role in the Persian Gulf War He even helped former President George Bush make decisions We respect him for his intelligence and skill The following paragraphs will be dedicated to his life Colin Powell was born on April 5 1937 His parents were both Jamaican immigrants They came to America hoping for better opportunities He had a sister named Marilyn Colin did not earn the best grades in school He later joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps ROTC which prepares students for military service Colin loved ROTC He soon became the leader of his unit and the second best cadet At graduation he held the rank of cadet colonel which was the highest rank After college he was sent to Georgia for basic training He soon realized that the blacks were treated differently from whites He was very disappointed Colin was later sent to Massachusetts where he met a girl Alma Johnson She worked as an audiologist They were married on August 25 1962 Powell soon was transferred to Vietnam to fight in the Vietnam War against North Vietnam He was very excited But during the next day he was very sad when a teammate of his died in a gun battle Colin returned to Alabama in 1963 Five years later Colin was sent back to Vietnam He was worried He now had three children He did the best he could in the war When the war was over everyone came home Many soldiers decided to quit However he stayed in the army The army recognized his dedication and sent him back to school to earn a masters degree He then spent a year working in the White House In time Colin Powell rose in ranks In 1978 he became a brigadier general In 1987
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