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African American Navy Pioneer Samuel Gravely Jr. Has A Navy Ship Named After Him

HamptonRoads Pilot News – When Samuel Gravely Jr. was born in segregated Richmond 88 years ago, he never could have imagined a career as a U.S. naval officer – not to mention becoming the first black officer to command a warship and, eventually, the service’s first black admiral.

Samuel Gravely Jr. doing what he did best. Earning the respect of white people.

Gravely died in 2004, but this month marks yet another first: The first warship named for a black admiral was commissioned over the weekend. On Wednesday, the brand-new destroyer pulled into Norfolk, its new homeport. Continue reading…

 

Samuel Gravely Jr. is considered a Vice Admiral. He was a pioneer for African-Americans in the Navy.

The brand new $1 Billion dollar Gravely Destroyer has been named after the African-American legend.

The ship’s motto “First to Conquer” is a reference to Samuel Gravely paving the way for blacks in the Navy.

He was the first black to be commissioned as an officer, first black to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, first black to command a Navy ship, first black fleet commander, and first black to become a flag officer.

Samuel Gravely Jr. killed it. Any blacks that joined the Navy after Samuel better recognize.

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