George Boakye

Air Vice-Marshal George Yaw Boakye (25 December 1937 – 26 June 1979) was an airman and politician. He is a former Commander of the Ghana Air Force (November 1976 - June 1979) and member of the Supreme Military Council (SMC) in Ghana. He became a member of the SMC in November 1976 by virtue of his position as the Commander of the Ghana Air Force. He was executed by firing squad on 26 June 1979.

Air Vice-Marshal George Yaw Boakye
Member of the Supreme Military Council
In office
1976 – 4 June 1979
PresidentFred Akuffo
(Head of state)
Personal details
Born25 December 1937
Died26 June 1979 (1979-06-27) (aged 41)
Accra, Ghana
NationalityGhanaian
Spouse(s)Beatrice Afua Boakye
Children5
ProfessionSoldier
Military service
AllegianceGhana
Branch/serviceGhana Air Force
Years of service1959 - 1979
RankAir Vice-Marshal
CommandsChief of Air Staff

ReburialEdit

In 2001, the widows of the executed Generals and Colonel petitioned to President Kuffuor who ordered that their remains be exhumed. On 27 December 2001 the skeletal remains of the three Ghanaian military heads of state, Generals and Colonel, were returned to their families at a military chapel; 22 years after the Generals were executed in one of the West African country's bloodiest episodes since independence. The ceremony in the capital Accra, attended by more than 2,000 people wearing black and red mourning clothes, was part of efforts by the then President, John Kufuor, to draw a line under a dark chapter in the former British colony's history.[1] On 27 December 2001 Air Vice-Marshal Boakye and Major General Kotei, lying in caskets draped in the national flag, were buried with full military honours at the Osu Military Cemetery in Accra.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ghana reburies past in quest for reconciliation". General News of Friday, 28 December 2001. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2007-06-07.
  2. ^ "Two Ex- military generals re-buried at Osu cemetery". General News of Friday, 28 December 2001. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2007-06-06.
Military offices
Preceded by Chief of Air Staff
November 1976 - June 1979
Succeeded by