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Golden Thirteen, group of African Americans who in 1944 became the first group of black servicemen to complete officer training for the United States Navy. In 1977 members of the group organized the first of several reunions, some of which were highly publicized and even promoted by navy recruiters. The group became known as the Golden Thirteen in honour of their having begun the process of racially integrating the navy, which at the time of their service may have been the most tradition-bound and segregated branch of the U.S. armed forces.

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