Today in Military History: Jan. 31, 1961, first African-American to command a combat ship

(L) The USS Falgout, 30 August 1963: Off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (R) Admiral Samuel Gravely, circa 1970.

On January 31, 1961, Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. becomes first African-American to command a combat ship, the destroyer escort USS Falgout (DE-324).

[starbox]