African American Submariners of World War II and Beyond
African American soldiers and sailors saw extensive action during World War II in nearly every theatre of operations. Though few in number, Black submariners played an important role in manning the navy submarines, many built at Portsmouth, which wrought havoc against Japanese naval and merchant vessels.
Limited by the U.S. Navy's segregation policies to service as officers' stewards, many Black sailors in fact performed combat duty with great bravery and distinction.
Glenn Knoblock's talk, based on hundreds of interviews with World War II veterans and years of research, leaves the audience with a better understanding of the submarine force during World War II, and appreciation for America's undersea warriors.
Hosted by the Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association.
Funded project of New Hampshire Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.