ARMY & NAVY: In Again, Out Again


Never yet has there been a Negro officer of the U. S. Navy and many a naval officer says privately there never will be. Oscar De Priest, three-term Republican Congressman (1929-35) from Chicago's colored district, appointed three Negroes to the Naval Academy. None got in. One was disqualified for imperfect eyesight, one because of age (limits are 16-20), one flunked the entrance exams. Negro Congressman Arthur Wergs Mitchell who defeated Mr. De Priest in 1934 had better luck. Year ago he appointed James Lee Johnson Jr., who got into the Naval...

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