First, a big SALUTE to LCDR Sea Williams, USCG; she is the driving force behind the corrections and updates to our Official African Americans in the U.S. Coast Guard Chronology History list!
Her recent behind the scenes hard work resulted in “two” recordings into our USCG History for the Honorable Retired Judge London Steverson, (LCDR, USCG, RET)! BZ LCDR Williams!
And of course, the sharpest SALUTE I can render, is being given to the Honorable Judge Steverson! He has done so much that has benefited so many, not just in the USCG, but for mankind period! If any of you haven’t done so by now, please Google his name to see all the good he has done and continue to do (and check out his blogs-they all make for good reading with nothing but the cold, hard truth).
He’s a true warrior! May God continue to Bless our USCG Living Legend!
Newest addition to our USCG Black History as of 7/16/2014:
1972: In July 1972, LT London Steverson became the chief of the newly formed Minority Recruiting Section in the Washington, D.C. During his assignment as Chief of the Minority Recruiting Section he led the largest minority officer recruiting effort (recorded at the time) by recruiting more than 50 minority Coast Guard Academy cadets in a two-year period from 1973 to 1974.
1988: LCDR London Steverson became the first African-American Coast Guard Academy graduate to retire from the Coast Guard. He was the second African-American graduate of the Academy.
United States Coast Guard Academy Alumni: London Steverson, G. William Miller, Thad Allen, James Loy, Bruce E. Melnick, Harvey E. Johnson, JR.
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Synopses & Reviews
London Steverson, G. William Miller, Thad Allen, James Loy, Bruce E. Melnick, Harvey E. Johnson, Jr., Erroll M. Brown, James C. Van Sice, Chester R. Bender, Peter Boynton, J. William Kime, Charles D. Wurster, Owen W. Siler, Daniel C. Burbank, Thomas H. Collins, Paul A. Yost, Jr., John B. Hayes, Willard J. Smith, Timothy S. Sullivan, William D. Baumgartner, Thomas T. Matteson, Terry M. Cross, Steven H. Ratti, Edwin J. Roland, Robert E. Kramek, Billy Tauzin III, James S. Gracey, George Naccara. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher’s book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt:
London Eugene Livingston Steverson (born March 13, 1947) was one of the first two African Americans to graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1968.
Later, as chief of the newly formed Minority Recruiting Section of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), he was charged with desegregating the Coast Guard Academy by recruiting minority candidates.
He retired from the Coast Guard in 1988.
In 1990 was appointed to the bench as a Federal Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration. Steverson was born and raised in Millington, Tennessee, the oldest of three children of Jerome and Ruby Steverson.
At the age of 5 he was enrolled in the E. A. Harrold elementary school in a segregated school system. He later attended the all black Woodstock High School in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating valedictorian.
A Presidential Executive Order issued by President Truman had desegregated the armed forces in 1948, but the service academies were lagging in officer recruiting.
President Kennedy specifically challenged the United States Coast Guard Academy to tender appointments to Black high school students. London Steverson was one of the Black students to be offered such an appointment.
Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher’s book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge.
London Steverson, G. William Miller, Thad Allen, James Loy, Bruce E. Melnick, Harvey E. Johnson, Jr., Erroll M. Brown, James C. Van Sice, Chester R. Bender, Peter Boynton, J. William Kime, Charles D. Wurster, Owen W. Siler, Daniel C. Burbank, Thomas H. Collins, Paul A. Yost, Jr., John B. Hayes, Willard J. Smith