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- DescriptionIn January 1944, sixteen black enlisted men gathered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illiis 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 that if they failed they would set back the course of racial justice, so they banded together and 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 kwn as the Golden Thirteen, but at the outset they were treated more as pariahs than pioneers. Often denied the privileges and respect routinely accorded white naval officers, they were given menial assignments unworthy of their abilities and training. Yet despite this discrimination, these inspirational young men broke new ground and opened the door for generations to come. In 1986, oral historian Paul Stillwell began recording the memories of the surviving members of the Golden Thirteen. He also interviewed three white officers who served with and supported the efforts of these men during World War II. This book collects their stories.
- Author BiographyPaul Stillwell joined the staff of the U.S. Naval Institute in 1974 and is now director of the organization's history division. Among his publications are USS South Dakota: The Story of Battleship X ; Battleship New Jersey: An Illustrated History ; and Air Raid: Pearl Harbor! Alan Bomar Jones is an international stage actor who has appeared in over sixty professional theatrical shows. His offstage credits include two made-for-TV movies, several independent films, and various local commercials, as well as audiobooks.
- Author(s)Paul Stillwell
- PublisherTantor Media, Inc
- Date of Publication01/11/2010
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationOld Saybrook, CT
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTantor Media, Inc
- Out-of-print date04/02/2017
- Weight162 g
- Width172 mm
- Height165 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Narrator(s)Alan Bomar Jones
- Format DetailsCD standard audio format
- Running Time510
- Edition StatementUnabridged library ed
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