History & Alumni

General Samuel Chapman Armstrong
General Samuel Chapman Armstrong
Hampton University has a long and proud history of service to the United States and the African American community by providing to society well-educated individuals who help advance the achievements of the nation. Since 1948, Hampton has commissioned officers in its ROTC program and thus provided leaders to the nation’s military service. Throughout the history of Hampton University, its military and other uniformed services alumni have made significant contributions to the military and the nation. For example, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Horne was an original “Tuskegee Airman,” George Cooper was one of the “Golden Thirteen” (first African American commissioned Naval Officers), Rudi Carter was a “Montfort Point Marine” (first African American Marines), and Hamptonians were members of the “Triple Nickels” (555 Parachute Infantry Battalion, a World War II African American parachute unit). Similar achievements by other Hampton military and uniformed services alumni also are recognized in this publication. These achievements are only a sampling of the many and great contributions that our alumni have made.

Pirate Battalion Flag Officers

Lieutenant General (Retired) Darrell Williams
Lieutenant General Xavier Brunson
Lieutenant General (Retired) Robert Ferrell
Major General (Retired) Wallace Arnold
Major General (Retired) Arthur Holmes, Jr.
Major General (Retired) Charles Hood
Major General (Retired) Melvin Johnson
Major General Janeen Birckhead
Brigadier General (Retired) George Brown
Brigadier General (Retired) Rudolph Francis
Brigadier General (Retired) Samuel Kindred
Brigadier General (Retired) Mark McAlister