Black Company

The Story of Subchaser 1264
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Published:July 31, 2013
By Eric S. Purdon (Author)

With the launching of Subchaser 1264 in the spring of 1944, the U.S. Navy began a social experiment designed to test the ability of a group of African Americans to live, fight, and survive under wartime conditions on a small combatant. At the time blacks served only as messmen in the navy, but ships were being built faster than men could be trained so the navy desperately needed manpower. Over strong opposition, PC 1264 went to sea with a crew of fifty black enlisted men and five white officers. The remarkable World War II story of PC 1264's crew of fifty African-American enlisted men as recounted by the ship's captain.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Naval History
  • Paperback : 264 pages
  • Illustrations: 7 b/w photos
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (July 31, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1557506582
  • ISBN-13: 9781557506580
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 12.48 oz

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