Help Complete the Golden Thirteen Project
When Frank E. Sublett Jr., of Glencoe, Illinois, died in September 2006, the last surviving member of the Golden Thirteen had passed. This remarkable group of men broke the color barrier when they were commissioned as the first black naval officers in March 1944.
In the mid-1980s, historian and author Paul Stillwell interviewed all the living members of this group and several of the officers who trained and worked with them for the Naval Institute's oral history program. The moving reminiscences of these trailblazers are treasures that underscore the value of oral history in capturing for posterity accounts often unavailable anywhere else.