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Coleman, Frederick Douglass, Jr.

(born: 1921) 

Frederick Douglass Coleman, Jr. was one of the earliest African American surgeons in the U.S. Army. He was born in Louisville, KY, the son of Frederick Douglass Coleman, Sr. and Jamye Harris Coleman and the brother of Jamye Coleman Williams.

Coleman, Jr., a physician and minister, a graduate of Fisk University who earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in 1944 and his D. D. from Monrovia College (Liberia) in 1955.

He served as captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1953-1955 and was Commanding Officer of the 765th Medical Detachment. The Chief Physical Examiner with the U.S. Army Hospital in Fort Campbell, KY, he was a Battalion Surgeon of the 47th Armored Medical Bn 1st Armored Division.

Coleman was a member of the integrated Montgomery County Medical Society in Clarksville, TN. In addition to serving as pastor of a number of churches (he was licensed to preach in 1939), he was a representative on the A.M.E. Church Medical Missions Board National Council of Churches.

For more see "Frederick Douglass Coleman, Jr." in Biographical Directory of Negro Ministers, by E. L. Williams. For more about the Coleman family and the AME Church see The Encyclopaedia of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, compiled by Bishop R. R. Wright.

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NKAA Entry: Williams, Jamye Coleman
NKAA Source: Biographical directory of Negro ministers
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