African-Americans and the U.S. Navy - Later 1940s and the 1950s



This page features pictures of African-Americans in the Navy during the fifteen years following World War II, a time marked by the Korean War, the Cold War, the end of formal racial segregation in the armed forces, and a gradual expansion of opportunities for African-Americans in the Navy and in American society.

For further pictorial coverage, see African Americans and the U.S. Navy cover page.

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The following pages feature the first African-Americans to become a Naval Academy graduate and a Naval Aviator:


The following pictures show African-Americans in Navy scenes, afloat and ashore, from 1945 through 1959.

Photo #: 80-G-423462

Chief Machinist's Mate Earl M. Maxwell, USN


Receives a gold watch from Captain Horace B. Butterfield, upon his retirement from the Navy after 31 years of service. The ceremony was held at the 13th Naval District Headquarters, Seattle, Washington, in December 1950.
Photographed by Peyou.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 84KB; 590 x 765

Reproductions may also be available through National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-423640

USS Coral Sea (CVB-43)


Lieutenant Commander Maurice N. Wickendoll receives congratulations from Vice Admiral Felix B. Stump and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air John F. Floberg, after making Coral Sea's 20,000th landing, 31 August 1950.
Stewardsmen in the foreground are holding a cake baked and decorated in honor of the occasion.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 68KB; 740 x 605

Reproductions may also be available through National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-426556

USS English (DD-696)


A 40mm gun crew prepares to bombard enemy installations along the Korean coast, circa October 1950 - February 1951.
Photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center on 21 February 1951.
Note radar antenna on this quad 40mm mount and ammunition loaded in guns. Another 40mm mount, pointed in the opposite direction, is in the upper left background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 94KB; 740 x 600

Reproductions may also be available through National Archives. .

 
Photo #: 80-G-K-13003 (Color)

Munsan-Ni, Korea


Doctor and Corpsmen irrigate muscle tissue, as a wounded man is prepared for an operation, at the Medical Company, 23 September 1952.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 65KB; 740 x 610

Reproductions may also be available through National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-644528

Operation "Passage to Freedom", 1954


A young Vietnamese refugee lends a helping hand to a sailor chipping paint on board USS Bayfield (APA-33), while enroute from Haiphong to Saigon, Indochina, 7 September 1954.
Note aviators' oxygen bottle at left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 77KB; 740 x 615

Reproductions may also be available through National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-647026

Operation "Passage to Freedom", 1954


A Vietnamese mother and baby are helped down the gangway of USS Estes (AGC-12), as refugees arrive at Saigon after being evacuated from the North.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 84KB; 740 x 620

Reproductions may also be available through National Archives.

 




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