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Tue, 08.31.1943

Naval Fighting Ship is Named After a Black Sailor

USS Harmon

On this date in 1943, the USS Leonard Roy Harmon became the first Navy fighting ship named after an African American.

Leonard Harmon was a World War II naval hero who courageously exposed himself to hostile gunfire to protect a shipmate and consequently was killed in action. He was awarded the Navy Cross.


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