Photograph of Lieutenant Clarence Samuels of the United States Coast Guard, the highest ranking African American officer in the Navy
@ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division. The New York Public Library
Naval Photographic Center (U.S.)
DescriptionCaption on back: "Lieut. [Lieutenant] (jg) Clarence Samuels, of the United States Coast Guards, now the highest ranking Negro in the Navy; A native of Panama, Lieut. Samuels has spent 23 years in the Coast Guard, during which time he has served in charge of a cutter in Savannah, Georgia harbor; in charge of the Coast Guard unit at Pea Island, near Manteo-Roanoke, N.C. and at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Station, Manhattan Beach, N. Y.; He is known throughout the service for his excellence as a signalman and marksman; His ribbons indicate pre-Pearl Harbor Service, Pearl Harbor action, American Theater of War action, African mid-eastern campaign, expert pistol shot and his good conduct ribbon has four bars.
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