Title: Rating badge, white, MCPON; belonged to MCPON Black
Accession #: NHHC 2012-58-4
Size: 3.25 x 7.25
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
Rating badge for MCPON Delbert Black. The rating badge consists of a perched silver eagle atop a gold rocker and three inverted gold chevrons. There are two crossed silver cannons between the rocker and the chevrons. Above the eagle are three silver stars. The rating badge is mounted on white fabric.
Delbert Black was appointed the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) on 13 January 1967. He held this position until 1 April 1971. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy is the most senior enlisted rank in the US Navy. The MCPON serves as the senior enlisted leader and advises the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chief of Naval Personnel on matters related to enlisted personnel and their families.