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Great Lakes in Lake County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Golden Thirteen

 
 
The Golden Thirteen Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
1. The Golden Thirteen Marker
Inscription.  
In March, 1944, the first African-American naval officers in U.S. history were commissioned at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Twelve ensigns and one warrant officer made American military history, and went on to serve with distinction in World War II. They called themselves the Golden Thirteen. One of these men, William S. White, went on to become a Judge on the Illinois Appellate Court. Today, Building 1405, located onboard Recruit Training Command, is dedicated to the Golden Thirteen and their significant contribution to history.
 
Erected by Naval Station Great Lakes.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II.
 
Location. 42° 18.744′ N, 87° 50.411′ W. Marker is in Great Lakes, Illinois, in Lake County. Marker is on Farragut Avenue near Sampson Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is in the Historic District of Naval Station Great Lakes. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Great Lakes IL 60088, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Photo of The Golden Thirteen on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
2. Photo of The Golden Thirteen on Marker
within walking distance of this marker. Origins of the Base / Construction (here, next to this marker); Black and White (here, next to this marker); The First Recruit / Original Historic Structures (a few steps from this marker); World War I / Between the Wars (a few steps from this marker); Building Five (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Architectural Design (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Lakes Athletics (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Lakes.
 
Also see . . .
1. The African American Experience in the U.S. Navy. Naval History and Heritage Command entry, included a link to the Golden Thirteen. (Submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Naval Station Great Lakes. Navy Region Mid-Atlantic webpage (Submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Great Lakes Naval Museum. (Submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Great Lakes Naval Training Station. (Submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. William S. White Obituary. (Submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Photo of The Golden Thirteen on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
3. Photo of The Golden Thirteen on Marker
The Golden Thirteen Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
4. The Golden Thirteen Marker
Looking northeast
The Golden Thirteen Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2010
5. The Golden Thirteen Marker
Closest marker to camera. Looking northeast toward Building 3 (former Drill Hall) in background
Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
6. Historic District Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,100 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on November 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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