Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the U.S. Navy, 1920s-1930s



As the century progressed, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans were serving more than just basic steward and laundry functions on board ships. For example, USS Rizal (DM-14) was the first U.S. Navy ship that had a predominately Filipino crew. Radioman First Class Henry J. Poy, USN, also acted as a translator while in Asian waters. Additionally, the first Chinese-American graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1934, Midshipman Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon. He would later command USS Sigsbee (DD-502) during World War II and also become the first Chinese-American flag officer. USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) is named in his honor.

Additional information - Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the U.S. Navy, World War II - 1940s

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Photo #: NH 106864

Amenico Beang

Beang was a Filipino sailor in the 1920s on board USS Rizal (DM-14), which had a predominately Filipino crew.

Donation of Mr. William L. Thomas, 1976.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 91394

RM1 Henry J. Poy, USN

Radioman First Class Poy's experience was vital as he used his skill as a translator while serving on board ships in Asian waters. Photograph taken circa 1924-25.

Donation of Henry J. Poy.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 106865

Midshipman Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon, USN

Halftone image taken from the Naval Academy graduation publication, "The Lucky Bag". Chung-Hoon was the first Chinese-American graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1934. During World War II, he commanded USS Sigsbee (DD-502). Chung-Hoon was also the first Chinese-American flag officer. He retired in 1959. USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) is named in his honor.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 106867-KN (Color)

Chief Steward King Fong Sung, USN

Chief Sung, a Chinese-American, enlisted in the 1930s and served during World War II.

Donation of Mr. Jim Huen, 2009.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 106868-KN (Color)

Chief Steward Yung Chin Chang, USN

Chief Chang, a Chinese-American, enlisted in the 1930s and served during World War II. His hometown was Hangkow, and he served on board USS Luzon (ARG-2). He also served on Guam and Oahu, Hawaii. During World War II, he was also a Prisoner of War at Cavite, Philippines.

Donation of Mr. Jim Huen, 2009.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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