Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In January sixteen black enlisted men gathered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois to begin a cram course that would turn them into the U. Navy's first African-American officers on active duty. The men believed they could set back the course of racial justice if they failed and banded together so all would succeed.
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Despite the demanding pace, all s In January sixteen black enlisted men gathered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois to begin a cram course that would turn them into the U. Despite the demanding pace, all sixteen passed the course. Twelve were commissioned as ensigns and a thirteenth was made a warrant officer. Years later these pioneers came to be known as the Golden Thirteen, but at the outset they were treated more as pariahs than pioneers.
Often denied the privileges and respect routinely accorded white naval officers, they were given menial assignments unworthy of their abilities and training. Yet despite this discrimination, these inspirational young men broke new ground and opened the door for generations to come. In , oral historian Paul Stillwell began recording the memories of the eight surviving members of the Golden Thirteen. Later he interviewed three white officers who served with and supported the efforts of the men during World War II.
This book collects the stories of those eleven men. Introduced by Colin L. Powell, they tell in dramatic fashion what it was like to be a black American. Paperback , pages.
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This is an incredible first person history by the people who lived this history. No matter what your position is in the military please add this book to your reading list. Bill Lively rated it it was amazing Nov 21, Harold rated it really liked it Jun 25, What is Islam all about? Candid responses to common questions. Very insightful and informative. Would you like to find peace in the midst of chaos? Greet whatever happens in your life with open arms knowing there is an underlying purpose for you?
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Not what I expected at all. There is a sticker covering the front of the book art. Pages are stamped from the high school it came from. Pages inside the book are in good condition. Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers. This book is particularly precious to me; learning more of the history of what these men experienced has been important to me and to my ability to encourage my grandson to be a responsible person in our society--given the sacrifices that were made by others, long gone.
This historical accounting is not so very far from my lifetime, as I am aware of and in contact with some of the names of persons mentioned in this book. The courage and determination of these men are astounding, as they traverse the undercurrents, undertow, and waves of racism in order to emerge the splendid officers they became. I purchased this book for my husband. He enjoyed it, but wondered what happened to the men who passed the course, but did not get promoted, and why one was promoted to a Warrant Officer and not a Commission Officer?
Book just left some unanswered questions that would have made the read much clearer. Well told stories of a time I was not as proud to be an American. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Found out how the Seabees came to be through the wisdom of Mr. Knox and President Roosevlt by reading about The Golden Thirteen, someone saw the golden light when Christ and His disciples walked this earth and chose thirteen men to become a sybmol of things to come. An interesting history told from the point of view of the actual Golden Thirteen. See all 13 reviews.
The Golden Thirteen Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers
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