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Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown, USN(CEC), (1927-2012)

Wesley Anthony Brown was born in Maryland on 3 April 1927. He attended Dunbar High School in the District of Columbia, and was appointed to the Naval Academy as a Midshipman in 1945. Four years later, he graduated as a member of the Class of 1949, the first African-American to complete a Naval Academy education. Wesley A. Brown then entered the Civil Engineering Corps, rising to Lieutenant Commander before he retired from the Navy in July 1969.

Wesley A. Brown passed away on 22 May 2012. This page features our only picture of Wesley A. Brown.

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Photo #: NH 91342

Midshipman Wesley A. Brown

Halftone photograph, circa 1949. He graduated in that year from the U.S. Naval Academy, the first African-American to graduate from that institution.

Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy Library.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 124KB; 585 x 765 pixels


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