African Americans and the U.S. Navy
World War II Activities in the United States
Great Lakes Naval Training Station,
Graduation Ceremonies



The following pictures show graduation ceremonies at Great Lakes Naval Training Station during World War II.
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Photo #: 80-G-294844

Camp Robert Smalls, Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


George Clinton Fields, former Valet to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, graduates as honor man in his class.
The original photo is marked as having been received 13 January 1943. It was probably taken in September 1942.
The officer is Lieutenant Commander Daniel W. Armstrong.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-294843

Camp Robert Smalls, Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


George Clinton Fields, former Valet to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, holds his certificate of graduation, upon completion of his training at NTS Great Lakes.
The certificate is dated 14 September 1942. The original photo is marked as having been received 13 January 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-294928

Camp Robert Smalls, Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


Graduation ceremonies for the third class to graduate from the Camp's Service School, 3 March 1943.
The officer congratulating the men is Lieutenant Commander Daniel W. Armstrong.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-294875

Camp Robert Smalls, Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


Four sailors and a young lady at graduation exercises for the fifth class at the Camp's Service School, 29 April 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-294769

Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


Sailors congratulate each other after receiving certificates at graduation ceremonies for the sixth class of the Negro Service School, 26 April 1943.
Note Aviation Metalsmith mark worn on the lower left sleeve of the man at the right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-294888

Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


Mrs. Joe Louis, Guest of Honor, congratulates a graduating company recruit petty officer, during graduation ceremonies for an African-American recruit class, 12 July 1943.
Note "E" flag at left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-294885

Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


Reviewing stand, during graduation parade for African-American recruits, 12 July 1943.
Those present in the stand include school commander Lieutenant Commander Daniel W. Armstrong (saluting, second from left) and guests of honor Mrs. Joe Louis (second from right) and Dr. Will Alexander.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-294930

Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


Lieutenant Commander Daniel W. Armstrong congratulates a sailor, during graduation ceremonies for the eighth class to graduate from the Station's Negro Service School, 22 July 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-294929

Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


Members of the eighth class to graduate from the Station's Negro Service School pose with a small girl, at graduation ceremonies, 22 July 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

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