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Kentucky native posthumously made honorary brigadier general

February 12, 2020 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky native who attended the U.S. Military Academy and achieved the rank of colonel was promoted posthumously to the honorary rank of brigadier general in Kentucky by Gov. Andy Beshear.

Charles Young was born in Mays Lick, Kentucky, in 1864 to enslaved parents. He graduated from high school in Ohio, where his parents escaped slavery, Beshear’s office said in a news release.

As an Army officer, Young served in assignments ranging from Haiti and Liberia to Mexico and Nigeria. When he was medically discharged from active duty, Young had been promoted to colonel and was the highest-ranking African American in the military, the release said.

Young was buried in Arlington National Cemetery and was given full military honors.

The event was held in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday as part of the Legislative Black History Month Celebration.