The Monterey Chapter of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) will be celebrating Women’s History Month in March 2020! This year marks the Centennial Celebration of Women’s Suffrage (Ratification of the 19th Amendment). There will be light refreshments served and comments from NPS President, VADM Rondeau and guest speaker Julie Packard. Ms. Packard is Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Board of Trustees. Her biography can be viewed here.
Join NNOA’s CDR Stacey O’Neal at the Battleship IOWA in celebration of Black History Month with special film screening of “Invisible Warriors” and a tour through the museum. This celebration is in partnership with the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA), National Museum of the Surface Navy, and the Port of Los Angeles.
SUBJECT: Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Sustainment 2020-2021 Fellowship Program
1. The nomination process is now open for the 2020-2021 Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Sustainment Fellowship Program open to all Services. Please read the attached Training Agreement.
2. The year-long, on-site, hands-on leadership and management development program is designed to enhance career development of mid-level logistics, environmental, energy, acquisition, and engineering professionals, military O-4/O-5 and civilian GS-13/GS-14, who have demonstrated significant potential for advancement and greater responsibility in their career field. Participants will remain assigned to their parent organization. All program-related expenses are covered by the parent organization in which the applicant is assigned at the time of nomination.
3. OSD Fellows will be integrated into one of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense offices that span diverse sets of responsibilities that include life cycle logistics and sustainment, facility and installation management, supply chain, operational contract support, installation energy and energy sources, environmental practices, real property management and policy, transportation policy, operational contact support, vendor vetting, legislative strategy, strategic communication, and acquisition program management.
4. For a nomination, provide the following six items into one PDF document. Selection announcement will follow in early April 2020 with program beginning in July 2020. – Resume (five page maximum, including references) – Three most recent performance appraisals or military performance reports – Signed copy of training agreement (template attached) – Letter of endorsement by the nomination Service or Agency GO/FO/SES – One page personal statement justifying favorable consideration for the program – One page biography
In celebration of Black History Month the Washington DC Chapter of the National Naval Officers Association cordially invites you to a presentation by Dr. Regina T. Akers. Dr. Akers discussion will center on: “The African Presence in the United States Naval Services.” Dr. Akers is a Senior Historian and the Oral History Lead in the Histories Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command. She enjoys a national reputation as a subject matter expert on diversity and personnel issues in the United States military with an emphasis on women and African Americans in the Navy.
Dr. Akers publications include her first monograph, The Navy’s First Enlisted Women: Patriotic Pioneers (2019), book chapters, articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and blogs. Her prestigious assignments include the African American Civil War Sailors Project, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Task Force, and the advisory committee supporting a Congressional effort to establish a women’s history museum on the National Mall.
Please come out and hear this most informative and relevant discussion on the important role African Americans have played in the history of America’s Naval services. The date, time and location for this big event is February 18, 2020, at 1830 at the Navy League Headquarters Building in Arlington, Virginia.
The Navy League Headquarters Building is located at: 2300 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201-5424
Note, this event is free of charge and light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to contact CAPT (Ret) Jerome D. Davis, SC, USN at cell number: 301-758-8253 or email address: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need directions to the Navy League Headquarters Building.. (Attached is a copy of Dr. Regina T. Akers Bio)
We would love to have you and family members join us in celebrating this wonderful event in honor of Black History Month!
CAPT (Ret) Jerome D. Davis, SC, USN
Washington, DC Chapter of the National Naval Officers Association
Dr. Regina T. Akers
Dr. Regina T. Akers is a senior historian and the Oral History Team Lead in Histories Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command. She enjoys a national reputation as a subject matter expert on diversity and personnel issues in the United States military with an emphasis on women and African Americans in the Navy. She chairs the command’s Senior Historians Advisory Committee. Dr. Akers earned her doctorate in United States History and Public History at Howard University, where she taught women’s and public history as an adjunct professor. Her publications include her first monograph The Navy’s First Enlisted Women: Patriotic Pioneers (2019), book chapters, articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and blogs. She has presented at a myriad of symposia ranging from the Wilson Center to the National Archives, and she has given numerous media interviews. She discussed the importance of oral history at the Women’s Military History Symposium sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute on 17 July 2019. She provided an analysis of the racial integration of the military from 1940 to 1973 at the United States Naval Academy’s 2019 International Naval History Symposium. Her prestigious assignments include the African American Civil War Sailors Project, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Task Force, and the advisory committee supporting a Congressional effort to establish a women’s history museum on the National Mall. She is also a key contributor to the Pentagon’s African American Corridor Renovation Project. January 2020
Today’s African American Sailors stand proudly knowing the accomplishments of their predecessors, including the eight black Sailors who earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War; Dick Henry Turpin, one of the survivors of the explosion…
Of the 3,470 Medals of Honor awarded, 90 have been bestowed to 89 different African-American recipients. Of these 89, 16 have been United States Sailors. While the award criteria for the Medal of Honor has become far more stringent since the awards listed below, nonetheless these men earned the nation’s highest and most prestigious military decoration.
For the first time, we have listed these 16 African-American, Navy Medal of Honor recipients together, each with their award citations and, for some, brief biographies. Unfortunately, little is known about some of these brave men, and for some no photographs or images are known to exist.
On board the U.S. Steam Gunboat Marblehead off Legareville, Stono River, 25 December 1863, in an engagement with the enemy on John’s Island. Serving the rifle gun, Blake, an escaped slave, carried out his duties bravely throughout the engagement which resulted in the enemy’s abandonment of positions, leaving a caisson and one gun behind.
Medal of Honor Citation:
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram CSS Tennessee (1863) in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Stationed in the immediate vicinity of the shell whips which were twice cleared of men by bursting shells, Mifflin remained steadfast at his post and performed his duties in the powder division throughout the furious action which resulted in the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Medal of Honor Citation:
Served as seaman on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as loader on the No. 2 gun during this bitter engagement, Pease exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended by the divisional officer for gallantry under fire.
Medal of Honor Citation:
Served on board the U.S.S. Wyandank during a boat expedition up Mattox Creek, March 17, 1885. Participating with a boat crew in the clearing of Mattox Creek, L/man Anderson carried out his duties courageously in the face of a devastating fire which cut away half the oars, pierced the launch in many places and cut the barrel off a musket being fired at the enemy.
Medal of Honor Citation:
Serving on board the U.S.S. Powhatan at Norfolk, 26 December 1872, Noil saved Boatswain J. C. Walton from drowning.
Medal of Honor Citation:
On board the U.S.S. Cushing, 11 February 1898. Showing gallant conduct, Atkins attempted to save the life of the late Ens. Joseph C. Breckenridge, U.S. Navy, who fell overboard at sea from that vessel on this date.
William H. Brown was born in 1836 in Baltimore, Maryland. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from that state and served as a Landsman on board the screw sloop Brooklyn during the United States Civil War. On 5 August 1864, during the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama, Brown remained steadfast at his post despite enemy shellfire that killed and wounded many of those around him.
Medal of Honor Citation:
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864. Stationed in the immediate vicinity of the shell whips which were twice cleared of men by bursting shells, Brown remained steadfast at his post and performed his duties in the powder division throughout the furious action which resulted in the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Wilson Brown was born in 1841 on Botany Bay Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was a slave at Carthage Plantation. Brown enlisted with the Union Navy along the banks of the Mississippi River in March of 1863 as contraband. His first shipboard station was as a 3rd Class Boy aboard USS Hartford. During the Hartford’s engagement at the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864, Brown and another landsman, John Lawson, were serving on a shell whip crew. The shell whip is a device that transports ammunition powder from the magazine to the firing deck via man power. A Confederate shell exploded near Brown’s crew during the battle killing four of the six men. Both Brown and another man were knocked below deck. Brown was knocked unconscious and broke several ribs along his left side while the man that fell on him died. Lawson was hit with shrapnel in his leg, but was the first to return to the shell whip. After regaining consciousness, Brown returned to his station and resumed his duties with Lawson. For their actions they were awarded the Medal of Honor. Wilson Brown and John Lawson are two of eight known African-American Navy Medal of Honor recipients during the Civil War [see Lawson’s entry below]. Following his service on the USS Hartford, Wilson Brown would go on to serve aboard USS North Carolina, with the Potomac Flotilla, and was stationed at the Washington Navy Yard before being discharged on 19 May 1865.
Medal of Honor Citation for Wilson Brown, 1864:
On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram CSS Tennessee (1863) in Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864. Knocked unconscious into the hold of the ship when an enemy shellburst fatally wounded a man on the ladder above him, Brown, upon regaining consciousness, promptly returned to the shell whip on the berth deck and zealously continued to perform his duties although 4 of the 6 men at this station had been either killed or wounded by the enemy’s terrific fire.
John Lawson was born June 16, 1837. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted the Navy from New York in December 1863. On August 5, 1864 during the Battle of Mobile Bay, while serving in a member of USS Hartford’s berth deck ammunition party, he was seriously wounded after a shell had wounded him in the leg and killed or wounded the rest of his crew. Despite his wounds, he remained at his post and continued to supply the Hartford ‘s guns. John Lawson was one of twelve men who received the Medal of Honor for heroism that day.
Medal of Honor Citation for John Lawson, 1864:
On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864. Wounded in the leg and thrown violently against the side of the ship when an enemy shell killed or wounded the 6-man crew as the shell whipped on the berth deck, Lawson, upon regaining his composure, promptly returned to his station and, although urged to go below for treatment, steadfastly continued his duties throughout the remainder of the action.
Medal of Honor Citation for John Johnson, 1872:
Serving on board the U.S.S. Adams at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif., 14 November 1879, Johnson rescued Daniel W. Kloppen, a workman, from drowning.
Medal of Honor Citation for William Johnson, 1884:
Johnson displayed great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned and, by extraordinary heroism and personal exertion, prevented greater loss of life.
Medal of Honor Citation for John Smith, 1884:
For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Shenandoah, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 September 1880, and rescuing from drowning James Grady, first class fireman.
Above/Left: This reproduction shows John Davis preventing a powder explosion aboard USS Valley City by covering an open powder cask with his body to protect it from nearby flames, during the attack on Confederates at Elizabeth City, North Carolina on 10 February 1862. Davis received the Medal of Honor for this courageous act. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Medal of Honor Citation John Davis, 1884:
Served on board the U.S.S. Valley City during action against rebel fort batteries and ships off Elizabeth City, N.C., on 10 February 1862. When a shell from the shore penetrated the side and passed through the magazine, exploding outside the screen on the birth deck, several powder division protection bulkheads were torn to pieces and the forward part of the berth deck set on fire. Showing great presence of mind, Davis courageously covered a barrel of powder with his own body and prevented an explosion, while at the same time passing powder to provide the division on the upper deck while under fierce enemy fire.
Robert Augustus Sweeny was the only African-American sailor to receive two separate Medal of Honor citations.
1st Medal of Honor Citation for Robert Augustus Sweeney, 1881:
Serving on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge, at Hampton Roads, Va., 26 October 1881, Sweeney jumped overboard and assisted in saving from drowning a shipmate who had fallen overboard into a strongly running tide.
2nd Medal of Honor Citation for Robert Augustus Sweeney, 1883:
Serving on board the U.S.S. Jamestown, at the Navy Yard New York, 20 December 1883, Sweeney rescued from drowning A. A. George, who had fallen overboard from that vessel
Above/Right: Robert Penn’s heroism in a fireroom accident on board USS Iowa (Battleship # 4) on 20 July 1898, during the Spanish-American War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions in that incident. Copied from Deeds of Valor, Volume II, page 405, published in 1907 by the Perrien-Keydel Co., Detroit, Michigan.
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph
Medal of honor Citation for Robert Penn, 1898:
On board the U.S.S. Iowa off Santiago de Cuba, 20 July 1898. Performing his duty at the risk of serious scalding at the time of the blowing out of the manhole gasket on board the vessel, Penn hauled the fire while standing on a board thrown across a coal bucket 1 foot above the boiling water which was still blowing from the boiler.
On March 31, 1901, Seaman Alphonse Girandy was serving on board the USS Petrel in Manila Bay when a fire ignited, eventually taking the life of the ship’s captain. As the fire burned, Girandy fearlessly entered the lower deck of the ship and managed to pull four shipmates to safety. For his actions, Girandy, a Philadelphia citizen, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.