Trailblazer: The U.S. Navy's First Black Admiral

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A Navy pioneer, Vice Adm. Samuel Gravely was the first African American to be commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy, the first to command a Navy ship, the first to command a fleet, and the first to become an admiral. In this memoir, co-written by the noted naval historian Paul Stillwell, he describes his life from boyhood in Richmond, Virginia, through his enlisted service on a World War II submarine chaser, to later tours of duty at sea and ashore. Denied housing and even jailed for impersonating an officer,...
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Overview


A Navy pioneer, Vice Adm. Samuel Gravely was the first African American to be commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy, the first to command a Navy ship, the first to command a fleet, and the first to become an admiral. In this memoir, co-written by the noted naval historian Paul Stillwell, he describes his life from boyhood in Richmond, Virginia, through his enlisted service on a World War II submarine chaser, to later tours of duty at sea and ashore. Denied housing and even jailed for impersonating an officer, he recounts efforts to overcome both cultural and institutional obstacles of racism. In 2009, the Navy named a guided missile destroyer in his honor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591143383
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., was commissioned in 1944, promoted to admiral in 1971, and retired from the Navy in 1980. He died in 2004.

Paul Stillwell is the author of the award-winning The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers. He lives in Arnold, MD.

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Table of Contents

Coauthor's Note

Preface

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms

1 Richmond 1

2 New to the Navy 7

3 First Sea Duty 20

4 Civilian Interlude 32

5 Recruiting 37

6 USS Iowa 42

7 USS Toledo 55

8 Com Three---New York City 66

9 USS Seminole 76

10 On-the-Job Training 87

11 USS Theodore E. Chandler 93

12 USS Falgout 107

13 Naval War College 124

14 Housing Still a Problem 128

15 Defense Communications Agency 131

16 USS Taussig, 1966 139

17 USS Taussig, 1967-68 158

18 Satellite Communications Program 169

19 USS Jouett 174

20 Director of Naval Communications 193

21 Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two 202

22 Eleventh Naval District 210

23 Third Fleet 216

24 Defense Communications Agency 226

25 After the Navy 229

Afterword 239

Index 263

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