African-American Mess Attendants in battle dress, July 1942. These men had volunteered for additional duty as gunners. The ship's Commanding Officer, Captain E.W. Hanson, is the second officer from the right. Standing beside him is Steward William Henry. A few of these men are wearing old World War I style helmets, while most have the then-new M-1 type helmets. Identity of ship and men was provided by Mr. William Henry in October 1996. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.