Naval Messmen - Additional Duties

Naval Messmen - Additional Duties Tragedies and Triumphs American History African American History Social Studies

African-Americans, in the Navy, were frequently assigned responsibilities in the mess hall.  Some were cooks; others were servers.  In addition, black naval personnel were allowed to volunteer for other duties.

The official description of this 07/10/1942 photograph, maintained by the U.S. National Archives, reads as follows:

Negro messmen aboard a United States Navy cruiser who volunteered for additional duty as gunners. They have been doing proficient work under battle conditions on a task force in the Pacific under the instruction of the officers at the right.


Media Credits

Photograph from General Records of the Department of the Navy, online courtesy U.S. National Archives.  Image number:  ARC Identifier 520597.


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