The Golden Thirteen

The Golden Thirteen

Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers

eBook - 2013
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Foreword by Colin L. Powell. In January 1944 sixteen black enlisted men gathered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois to begin a cram course that would turn them into the U.S. Navy's first African-American officers on active duty. The men believed they could set back the course of racial justice if they failed and banded together so all would succeed. Despite the demanding pace, all sixteen passed the course. Twelve were commissioned as ensigns and a thirteenth was made a warrant officer. Years later these pioneers came to be known as the Golden Thirteen, but at the outse.
Publisher: Annopolis : Naval Institute Press, 2013.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (484 pages)

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