Chow time on the high seas, strike up the band in San Francisco
Bars & Stripes shares the ongoing commitment of African-Americans' voluntary service and sacrifice in the modern U. S. armed forces
Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chanel L. Turner/Released
African-Americans have fought and died in every American military campaign since the American Revolutionary War from 1775-1783, yet many Americans have no idea of Black American military service prior to World War I.
More than 9,000 Black soldiers — most of whom still were slaves — fought in the American Revolutionary War against the British, most famous among them, the iconic martyr Crispus Attucks, who five years before the outbreak of the war was shot dead by British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre in 1770.
Other wars bearing the imprint and shed blood of African-Americans include the War of 1812, Mexican-American War, American Civil War, the Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Bars & Stripes shares the ongoing commitment of African-American men and women to the American principle of freedom through their voluntary service and sacrifice in the modern armed forces in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard — Jarrette Fellows, Jr., editor
Chow time on the high seas
PACIFIC OCEAN — U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy P. Pierre (above) prepares fried fish for lunch aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102). Sampson departed Everett, Wash., for a deployment, Oct. 3, 2017 to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
Strike up the band in San Francisco
U.S. Navy Musicians 1st Class Phil Martin, right, 2nd Class Everett Cencich, and 2nd Class Chris Garten, assigned to the Navy Band Southwest’s Woodwind Quintet, perform at the Ferry Building during Fleet Week San Francisco 2017. Fleet weeks provide an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team and experience America’s sea services.
Fleet Week San Francisco highlighted naval personnel, equipment, technology and capabilities with an emphasis on humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
USS Sampson (DDG-102) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was authorized in 2002, commissioned in 2007, and is the fourth U.S. Navy ship named to honor Rear Admiral William T. Sampson.
Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the city and visit its tourist attractions. At certain hours, the public can take a guided tour of the ships. Often, Fleet Week is accompanied by military demonstrations and air shows such as those provided by the Blue Angels.