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USS North Carolina Reunion Brings Back Memories of Segregation

Black Navy veteran recalls days of segregation aboard USS North Carolina


WILMINGTON — As a seaman on the USS North Carolina during World War II, John Seagraves weathered a Pacific typhoon and helped shoot down a Japanese kamikaze bent on attacking the battleship. But his most harrowing memories of his days as a sailor are of the way the Navy treated black soldiers such as him.

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