Naval History and Heritage Command

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Photo of African American man in a Navy flight suit staring at the camera from the cockpit of his airplane.

Ensign Jesse L. Brown, USN in the cockpit of an F4U-4 Corsair fighter, circa 1950. Jesse L. Brown was the first African American to complete U.S. Navy flight training and the first African American naval aviator in combat and to be killed in combat He flew with Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) from USS Leyte (CV-32). Official U.S. Navy Photograph. (USN 1146845)

 

In the years following World War II, the U.S. Navy faced the challenge of fighting for its own existence as an agency of the armed forces. The people who fought those battles both far afield and in Washington ensured the existence of the U.S. Navy that defended the 38th Parallel in 1950.

The individuals who served both at home and abroad during the Korean conflict clearly demonstrated the importance of the U.S. Navy to the United States government, and its ability to wage war abroad. 

Notable People 

Personal and Campaign Awards

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Secretaries of the Navy

Chiefs of Naval Operations

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Photo #: 80-G-423481  Secretary of the Navy Francis P. Matthews (center)

Secretary of the Navy Francis P. Matthews (center) disembarks from a Douglas AD-4N Skyraider aircraft, after being flown aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) off Korea, 22 November 1950. He is being welcomed by the carrier's Commanding Officer, Captain Willard K. Goodney. Secretary Matthews was visiting Navy units involved in Korean War operations. Note his leather flight helmet and inflatable life vest. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (80-G-423481)



Two men standing on the deck of a battleship in their uniforms smiling.

Vice Admiral C. Turner Joy, USN (left), Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Far East, and , Commander, Seventh Fleet on board USS Missouri (BB-63), off Korea on 18 October 1950, during preliminary operations for the Wonsan invasion. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (80-G-668794)



3 unformed men sit around a table, one pointing at map in front of them

Vice Admiral Arthur D. Struble, USN Major General Edward M. Almond, U.S. Army Rear Admiral James H. Doyle, USN, confer aboard USS Missouri (BB-63), off Korea, prior to the invasion of Wonsan. Original photo is dated 2 November 1950, but was probably taken in mid-October. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives. (80-G-422376)



Photo #: NH 97093  Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas J. Hudner, USN

Lieutenant (j.g.) Thomas J. Hudner, USN, receives congratulations from President Harry S. Truman after he was awarded the Medal of Honor in ceremonies at the White House, Washington, D.C. Photograph is dated 13 April 1951 (NH 97093).



<p>Photo #: 80-G-431252 Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, USN, Chief of Naval Operations (2nd from left)</p>

Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, USN, Chief of Naval Operations (2nd from left) on the Flag Bridge of USS Princeton (CV-37), while observing carrier operations off Korea. Photo is dated 3 July 1951. Also present are (left to right): Rear Admiral William G. Tomlinson, Commander Carrier Division 3 (back to camera); Rear Admiral George R. Henderson, Commander Carrier Division 5; and Vice Admiral Harold M. Martin, Commander Seventh Fleet. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (80-G-431252)



photo of man seated in front of a tent that bears the sign "Rear Adm. Burke" reading papers with a serious expression

Rear Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, reads while seated outside his tent at the United Nations' Advanced Camp, Munsan-Ni, Korea, in August 1951, while serving as a U.N. delegate to the Korean War Armistice talks at Kaesong. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (80-G-432698)


Published: Wed Mar 03 18:08:06 EST 2021