Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the U.S. Navy, 1950s - 1970s



Asian and Pacific Islander Americans continued to serve in the U.S. Navy and participated in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Chinese-American Ensign Jim Huen, SC, USN, served on board USS Delta (AR-9) off the coast of Vietnam from 1965 to 1968. His father served as a Chief Steward in the 1930s and died in action during World War II. Ensign Huen continued the family's patriotic desire to serve. The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 helped to lift the heavy restrictions on the Asian and Pacific Islander community. In the 1970s, Navy policy changes improved opportunities for Filipinos, easing the restrictions on Filipinos holding them to the steward rating.

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Photo #: NH 106869

Hospital Corpsman First Class Fatu Suesue, USN

Shakes hands with Chief of all Samoans, Joseph Solotoa, at Oahu, Hawaii, August 1957. Suesue is a passenger on board USS Sussex (AK-213) and will take leave in his native Samoa. Due to the lack of funds of Samoan sailors during this time, the U.S. Navy utilized Sussex as a mode of transportation for the sailors to have some leave time at home. Note: Chief Solota was blind.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

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Photo #: NH 106870

Admiral Charles D. Griffin, USN
(Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe)

Admiral Griffin presents promotion certificates to his enlisted staff in November 1965.
They are from left to right:
Steward First Class Bradley, USN;
Steward Senior Chief Villaros, USN;
Equipment Operator, Hauling
Second Class Bernholtz, USN;
Steward Second Class Alonza, USN; and
Steward Third Class Mayahag, USN

Donation of Admiral Charles D. Griffin, USN, (Retired).

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 106871-KN (Color)

Ensign Jim Huen, SC, USN

Ensign Huen, a Chinese-American, served on board USS Delta (AR-9) from 1965-1968 during the Vietnam War.

Donation of Mr. Jim Huen, 2009.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 106877

MS1 Romeo Basmayor, USN

Mess Management Specialist Basmayor, a native Filipino, captures the grand award overall in the military division with his Bicentennial celebration cake. The "Red, White and Blue" 200 pound cake took Basmayor three days to make, 4 July 1976.
Photograph by PH2 Doug Cunningham.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 106876

MSCM Gumataotao, USN

Mess Management Specialist Master Chief Gumataotao, right, checks the readiness of the meal, while MS3, Moises F. Simpelo, center, prepares another meal for the silver platter. MS Alfonso D. Arigo, left, stands ready to serve, mid-1970s. Photograph by JOSN J.A. Conners, USN.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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