Admiral L. Chambers: A Salute to African American Leaders in the Military

Ahead of Independence Day, Urban League of San Diego County to Pay Tribute to African Americans that Fought for American Freedoms

SAN DIEGO —In partnership with the National Naval Officers Association and USS Midway Museum, the Urban League of San Diego County (ULSDC) paid homage to African Americans military leaders that fought to maintain our freedom, rights and liberties, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Just ahead of the Fourth of July celebrations, ULSDC President and CEO Ray King shared a special tribute to Admiral Lawrence (Larry) Cleveland Chambers, USN (Ret.), one of the most respected African American Retired Admirals that served in the U.S. Navy.

Admiral Lawrence (Larry) Cleveland Chambers, USN (Ret.) (born June 10, 1929) was a naval aviator and holds the distinction of being the first African American to command a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and the first African American graduate of the Naval Academy to reach flag rank. Chambers commanded the USS Midway during Operation Frequent Wind – the evacuation of U.S. and South Vietnamese personnel at the end of the Vietnamese conflict.

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Speakers Included the following:

  1. Ray King, President and CEO, ULSDC

  2. Adm. Lawrence (Larry) Cleveland Chambers, USN (Ret.)

  3. Capt. Marco Cromartie, USN (Ret.)

  4. Commander Melissia A. Williams, Supply Corps, USN

  5. Commander Lawrence Nance, USN

  6. Commander Bobby E. Brown, Jr., United States Navy


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