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Col. Eugene Scott

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Colonel (Retired)

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Tan
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
It Could Always Be Done.

Birthplace

Born:
10/14/1939
Birth Location:
Miami, Florida

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Colonel (Retired)

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Tan
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
It Could Always Be Done.

Birthplace

Born:
10/14/1939
Birth Location:
Miami
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Biography

A dynamic leader and manager, Colonel Eugene Frederick Scott was born October 14, 1939 in Miami, Florida. Raised in Chicago, he attended A.D. Sexton Elementary School and Englewood High School where he was a sharpshooter in the ROTC. Scott graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Florida in 1957. He continued in ROTC at Florida A&M University where he graduated with a B.A. in political science in 1961. Scott entered the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1962.

In Germany, he commanded tank forces and was the principal staff officer for Training and Operations for the 8th Infantry Division Combat Ready Forces. Scott was responsible for the training of 27,000 soldiers. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966 and from 1969 to 1971. Scott completed his twenty-eight year military career as a Post Commander for two major U.S. Army installations with budgets in excess of $200 million. Scott, a favorite of General Norman Swartzkopf, retired just prior to the Gulf War in 1990.

After retirement Scott joined Sengstacke Enterprises as executive assistant to John H.H. Sengstacke. Scott managed the company’s five newspapers and for more than ten years, he served as general manager and publisher of the Chicago Daily Defender. In this capacity and in retirement, Scott has served on a number of boards and committees including: Bronzeville Military Academy; the Illinois Military Flags Commission; the Governor’s Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes; the Attorney General’s African American Advisory Committee; the National Advisory Committee of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois; the Chicago Area Boy Scouts; and as Chairman of the National African American Military Museum.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about his maternal family's high level of education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his father, Eugene Scott
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Col. Eugene Scott describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Col. Eugene Scott describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his childhood experience of racial discrimination in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about his childhood years in Chicago, including his experiences at the 1952 nominating conventions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about his uncle's family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about his experiences in the ROTC as a student at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about his experience at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about his early dreams of becoming a lawyer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his experience at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about the challenge of raising a young family while a college student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his transition from the ROTC at Florida A&M University to a tank platoon leader in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about working as a platoon commander at Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about being sent to Vietnam as an infantryman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his first encounter with enemy fire in Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his experiences with Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his experiences of racial discrimination in the military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about his postings between two tours of duty in Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his second tour of duty in Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about fraggings and unrest amongst soldiers during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about the performance and treatment of black soldiers during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about politics of the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his return to the United States after the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about teaching leadership at Fort Knox in Kentucky
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about notable students he taught at Fort Knox including General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about HistoryMaker Colin Powell's relationship with U.S. Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Col. Eugene Scott reflects upon highlights of his military career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his transition to the Chicago Defender after retiring from the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about John H.H. Sengstacke and The Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about the health of The Chicago Defender and its owner, John H.H. Sengstacke
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about what he did to attract talent to the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about issues exacerbated by the Chicago Defender's daily distribution model
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about factors behind the decline of the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about the Becker-Gould police brutality case and the Chicago Defender's role
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Col. Eugene Scott describes successful growth strategies he implemented at The Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about endorsing political candidates and partnering with grassroots organizations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about notable journalists at the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about the sale of the Chicago Defender after the death of John H.H. Sengstacke
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about what he would do if he was still in charge of the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about his work at Chicago Defender Charities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about the Bud Billiken Parade
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about the reward of working for The Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Col. Eugene Scott describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Col. Eugene Scott reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Col. Eugene Scott talks about the National African American Military Museum