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Trailblazers

Innovators and Pioneers

The following Navy personnel held the strength, tenacity, and courage to overcome obstacles to greatness and leave a path for others to follow in their footsteps. 


<p>A portrait of a Black uniform in naval uniform with no cover, U.S. flag in background.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Portrait of a black man in officer uniform with cover, U.S. flag in background.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Black aviator in a cockpit.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Korean-American woman in naval uniform, no hat.&nbsp;</p>

<p>A portrait of a black man in white naval uniform.&nbsp;</p>

<p>A portrait of a white woman in naval uniform with cover, U.S. flag in background.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Female aviator in front of a plane on the ground.&nbsp;</p>

<p>A white woman administering to a patient.&nbsp;</p>

<p>A white woman in naval summer uniform with no cover.&nbsp;</p>

<p>A portrait of a white woman in naval uniform with cover, U.S. flag in background.&nbsp;</p>

<p>A portrait of a black man in naval uniform with a cover, U.S. flag in background.&nbsp;</p>

 

 

April D. Beldo

The first woman and the first Black sailor in multiple positions within the ranks of the U.S. Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

Carl M. Brashear

First Black master diver in the U.S. Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

Jesse L. Brown

First Black aviator to complete the U.S. Navy’s basic flight training program and the first Black naval officer killed in action during the Korean War (1950–53).

 

 

 

 

Susan Ahn Cuddy

First female aerial gunnery officer in the U.S. Navy. First Asian-American woman to serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

 

 

 

 

Samuel L. Gravely Jr.

First Black officer to command a U.S. Navy ship, USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717).

 

 

 

 

Grace M. Hopper

A naval offier and one of the first three computer programmers to work on the Mark I.

 

 

 

 

Rosemary Mariner

One of the first six women to earn their wings as a naval aviator in 1974.

 

 

 

 

 

Bernice R. Walters Nordstrom

First female doctor assigned to shipboard duty in the U.S. Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia Clark Sadler

First woman to serve as a uniformed instructor at the Naval Academy in 1972.

 

 

 

 

 

M. Elaine Toms

A WAVE, a naval reservist, and the first female nuclear scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory.

 

 

 

 

 

Chancellor Alphonso "Pete" Tzomes

First Black commanding officer of a U.S. submarine, USS Houston (SSN-713) in 1983.

 

 

Published: Tue Jan 17 14:06:00 EST 2023