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Together, these men became known as the “Golden Thirteen,” the first African-American active-duty officers in the navy. ) The three officer candidates passed over for promotion returned to active duty as enlisted men. As an officer, Barnes first was assigned to supervise athletic and recreational programs for the African Americans stationed at Great Lakes. Next, he went to Camp Peary in Williamsburg, Virginia, to assume command of an AfricanAmerican stevedore unit. S. control, in June 1945. The United States planned to launch an invasion of Japan from Okinawa, and the stevedores unloaded supplies from the many ships that were arriving.
With the launch of the Challenger on August 30, 1983, he made history as the first African American in space. ) Bluford’s 1983 shuttle flight was the first to include a nighttime launch and landing. As the craft completed 98 Earth orbits, Bluford performed experiments related to diabetes research. He and another mission specialist, Dale Gardner, launched a weather satellite for the government of India. The Challenger landed in California on September 5. From October 30 to November 6, 1985, Bluford made his second shuttle flight as part of an eight-member crew on a mission that was a joint venture with West Germany.
In the meantime Bluford earned an MBA degree from the University of Houston in 1987. On April 28, 1991, he began his third mission in space, studying atmospheric conditions and phenomena such as the aurora borealis. His final space flight, in 1992, was a military mission on which five astronauts conducted experiments for the Defense Department. Bluford retired from NASA in 1993 to become vice president and general manager of engineering services for NYMA, a computer software and engineering company headquartered in Brook Park, Ohio.
African Americans in the Military (A To Z of African Americans) by Catherine Reef