Born in 1864, Charles Young followed in his father's military footsteps, which led to a decorated and celebrated career serving his country. Young was among the first African American West Point graduates in the academy's history. He went on to become the first African American military attaché, which is an expert in diplomatic missions. He became a successful squadron leader in 1916 after a punitive expedition in Mexico and rose to be the first Black colonel in the U.S. Army. At his death in 1922, he was the Army's highest ranking African American officer.