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African-Americans are a Part of Submarine Force History
Friday, March 11, 2005
By JO2 Christina Shaw - Commander Naval Submarine Forces
NORFOLK, Va. - In February, the Navyís observance of African-American History Month celebrated not only the many contributions and accomplishments of African-Americans in the history of our nation, but also in the history of the United States Navy.
Even though they were only allowed to see limited combat, Africans-Americans who manned combat positions proved time and time again they were dedicated, skilled and professional. In the submarine force African-Americanís distinguished record became particularly apparent during World War II.
While the only rating available to African-American service members was in food service, many who served on submarines will tell you that they served in many more positions. African-American submariners were not only required to qualify in submarine warfare, but also served as helmsmen, planesmen, gunners and a number of other jobs.
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