A Sailor's Story

The Autobiography of Percy Paul Provost

by P. Paul Provost



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/16/2003

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 320
ISBN : 9781410754011
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 320
ISBN : 9781410754004
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 320
ISBN : 9781410753991

About the Book

“A Sailor’s Story”, the autobiography about my life.  No one else lived it.

It contains a multitude of history, that many people are not aware.  Various conversations, in recent years, validate this fact.  Many do not know how Blacks were treated in the South, the segregation that we endured.  They had no idea of what the term “Jim Crow” meant.

This book brings to light the fact that discrimination was openly practiced in the U. S. Navy.  When I enlisted, in 1939, Black men had no choice of duty assignments.  It was understood.  We would be “menservants”, only, performing menial chores.

This book informs the public, primarily the young, Black generation, some positive experiences were realized as a “Sailor”.  I participated in several naval testing experiences, including the “A-Bomb”, aboard the U. S. S. Chilton, APA-38, in 1946, where I met and served Dr. Edward Teller and other scientists.  This lead to another choice duty aboard the U. S. S. Boxer, aircraft carrier, testing the “H-Bomb”, at Eniwetok Proving Ground Navy Test Center, 1958.

Young people, especially, should realize what I did, that one can begin with meager means, establish goals and attain the ultimate in life!

About the Author

The author of  “A Sailor’s Story”, Percy Paul Provost, a Black man, born November 28, 1920, Houston, Texas, was raised in a unique ghetto, French Town, in a strict, Christian home.  He worked the street as a shoeshine boy.

He joined the U. S. Navy in 1939, seeking a better life, including world travel, not aware, then, that the Navy was segregated.  During his twenty year Navy career, he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and retired. 

Later he earned an A. A. Degree from Oakland City College and his Real Estate Broker License, in California.  

During retirement, he spends most of his time reading, golfing and traveling with his wife.  Now, at eighty-two, he has written his autobiography.