Naval fighting ship named after Black sailor


USS Harmon
Date: 
Sun, 1943-07-25

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

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.

Reference:
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue S.E.
Washington D.C. 20540

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