Brigadier General Sherian Cadoria (born 1943)
At one time, Brigadier General Sherian Cadoria was the highest-ranking black woman in the U.S. armed forces. She credited her success in life and in Army to the high moral standards that she learned from her mother. She said: “My mother is a woman with strong moral values. Once my brother, sister, and I went shopping, and someone gave us a penny too much. My mother made us walk the five miles back to town to return it. She said that at least one of us should have known better, so all three were punished. You don’t forget lessons like that. I didn’t have problems in the military with discipline, because my mom really was a first sergeant.”
Bio from Wikipedia:
Sherian Grace Cadoria (born January 26, 1943 in Marksville, Louisiana) was the first black female general in the United States Army and the highest ranking female at the time of her retirement in 1990 with the rank of Brigadier General. She is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. Initially in the Women’s Army Corps, she transferred to the Military Police Corps in the 1970s.