This episode is for the Naval History and Heritage Command's anchor dates. Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. was a United States Navy officer. He was the first African American in the U.S. Navy to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, the first to command a Navy ship, the first fleet commander, and the first to become a flag officer, retiring as a vice admiral. In this episode, CMC Richard Curtis, USN (Ret), recalls what it was like to serve on the USS Falgout under Gravely's first command.
Preble Hall is produced by the United States Naval Academy Museum
A History of the Navy in 100 Objects from the USNA Museum
Date recorded: 21 March 2021