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Louis C. Etheridge, Jr.

A well-known example of African American heroism in time of war was that of a crew of stewards-mates that manned a battle station on the cutter Campbell, which rammed and sank the U-606 on February 22, 1943.  Steward 1/c Louis C. Etheridge, Jr., captain of the Campbell's African-American gun crew, was presented the Bronze Star medal (with a combat "V" citation) on February 25, 1952, and a personal letter of congratulations from the Commandant for his heroism during the combat action with the Nazi submarine.


 


 

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