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Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines of African and Asian-Pacific Descent

Cooks, Stewards, and Messmen

 
 
Messmen's Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 30, 2008
1. Messmen's Memorial Marker
Inscription.
In memory of all U.S. Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines of African and Asian-Pacific Descent who honorably served officers as cooks, stewards and messmen on U.S. Navy ships and bases and who valiantly manned battle stations during World War II and all other major conflicts.

The emblem of the Units K-West and B-East Mess Attendants Association, USN 1932-1974, is at the top of the marker. On either side of this emblem are the words,

"We Served. We Fought. We Died. We Survived."
 
Erected 1998 by Units K-West and B-East, USN, Mess Attendants Association.
 
Location. 38° 52.767′ N, 77° 4.193′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Touch for map. Marker is off Grant Drive in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association (here, next to this marker); U.S. Secret Army in the Kingdom of Laos. (a few steps from this marker); American Ex-Prisoners of War (within shouting distance of this marker); 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy)
Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines of African and Asian-Pacific Descent - image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 30, 2008
2. Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines of African and Asian-Pacific Descent -
Marker and Memorial Cedar Tree, ANC, Section 2.
(within shouting distance of this marker); 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team (within shouting distance of this marker); 173d Airborne Brigade (Sep) (within shouting distance of this marker); Chaplains Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 455th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers relating to Cooks, Stewards, and Messmen.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Messman Chronicles, African-Americans in the U.S. Navy, 1932-1943. (Submitted on September 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. DDG91: Named for Ck1/c William Pinckney. (Submitted on November 17, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. "Today in Intrepid History": Gun Tub 10. (Submitted on December 12, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Steward's mates, Stewardsmen, Filipinos, Guamanians, Chamorros, Chinese, Asian-Pacific Island Americans; Remedio Cabacar; Marion Kemp; Alonzo Swann; Chester Wright
 
Categories. African AmericansAsian AmericansWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines of African and Asian-Pacific Descent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 18, 2008
3. Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines of African and Asian-Pacific Descent Marker
A delegation from the Units K-West and B-East Mess Attendants Association commemorate the 10th anniversary of the marker's dedication at Arlington National Cemetery.
Veterans of the Navy's Messman/Steward "branch" and friends image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 18, 1998
4. Veterans of the Navy's Messman/Steward "branch" and friends
Marker dedication ceremony, September 18, 1998. Remedio Cabacar, Senior Chief Steward, USN, Ret. - Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars Generals MacArthur/Lim Post 5471; seated center-middle, next to former Mess Attendant Alonzo Swan of Gary, Indiana, a belated recipient of the Navy Cross (one of at least three other messman/anti-aircraft gunners) ultimately decorated for heroism aboard the USS INTREPID during an horrific suicide bomber attack on their all-minority battle station, "Gun Tub Ten", on October 29, 1944.
Then-president of the "Units K-West and B-East" Association, Marion Kemp image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 18, 1998
5. Then-president of the "Units K-West and B-East" Association, Marion Kemp
addressing the dedication audience. Others on the podium include: Rear Admirals Hacker and Weaver, Vice Admiral Samuel Gravely (the Navy's first Black flag officer), and Admiral Paul Reason (then CIC Atlantic Fleet).
"Navy Mess Attendants and Stewards" Marker </b>(in the mess hall at the U.S. Naval Academy) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2008
6. "Navy Mess Attendants and Stewards" Marker (in the mess hall at the U.S. Naval Academy)
This Marker is dedicated to all of our shipmates and unsung trailblazers of African and Asian-Pacific ancestry who proudly served with honor and distinction as Messmen and Stewards in the Naval Academy's midshipman's mess, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice as American Sailors in war and in peace.
Hereby placed in King Hall, this marker is an enduring symbol of the dignity and respect these Sailors earned and the United States Naval Academy's pledge to never forget the cost of their sacrifices, the depth of their committment, or the lasting value of their service to the United States of America and the United States Navy.
September 17, 2008.
Congressman Elijah Cummings and Master Chief Steward Chester Wright unveil the USNA marker. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2008
7. Congressman Elijah Cummings and Master Chief Steward Chester Wright unveil the USNA marker.
This tribute to the Navy's messmen and stewards in general, and to those who served at the Naval Academy in particular, stemmed from an initiative presented by the Units K-West and B-East Mess Attendants Association in 2007.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,891 times since then and 57 times this year. Last updated on December 14, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on September 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on September 13, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   6, 7. submitted on September 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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