“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