“Today’s African American Sailors stand proudly knowing the accomplishments of their predecessors, including the eight black Sailors who earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War; Dick Henry Turpin, one of the survivors of the explosion aboard the battleship Maine; and the 14 black female yeomen who enlisted during World War I. The Navy planted the seeds for racial integration during World War II and trained a generation of outstanding African American officers and enlisted personnel who provided critical leadership and expertise during the Cold War.”(Naval History and Heritage Command)

Information was taken from the Naval History and Heritage Command. If you want to learn more about African Americans in the U.S. Navy visit the Naval History and Heritage Command at www.history.navy.mil/.