Former Secretary of State Dies After COVID-19 Battle

Former Secretary of State Dies After COVID-19 Battle

( – Former US Army general and foreign policy chief Colin Powell has died from complications of COVID-19. His long career is being commemorated with tributes from his many colleagues.

Colin Powell was born in Harlem, NY to Scottish-Jamaican parents. He began his military career in ROTC at the City College of New York, where he graduated top of his class. He was one of the first US military advisers deployed to Vietnam. He went there as a newly-commissioned second lieutenant in late 1962 and during his tour, he was awarded the Purple Heart. Later, he also earned a Bronze Star. He returned to the states and later served a second tour in 1968.

In 1973, Powell earned a battalion command in Korea. Then three years later, he commanded a brigade in the 101st Airborne Division. His biography online states that he received the Legion of Merit along with 11 other military decorations over the course of his career.

He later served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff through the Persian Gulf War and finally became President George W. Bush’s Secretary of State.

Powell was 84 and was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and blood cancer. Although he was fully vaccinated against COVID, he had a compromised immune system and became seriously ill with the virus. He was unable to recover and died on October 18 at Walter Reed National Medical Center.

A statement from his family said, “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”

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