The van Beuren Studies in Leadership and Ethics series was established to advance scholarship and publish thought-provoking works of analysis in the fields of leadership and ethics, with special attention to their application to the military; to further CNO initiatives in leadership and ethics; to help educate Naval War College students; and to help inform the joint force.
The Naval War College and the Naval War College Press thank the Naval War College Foundation and the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust for their generous support.
These accounts of the early lives, Navy appointments, and career accomplishments of the African American officers who followed in the trail that Vice Admiral Gravely blazed are offered to document the determination demonstrated and the successes achieved, under the often trying circumstances of bias encountered and obstacles that had to be overcome that the admiral mentioned in his formula for success.
Timothy J. Demy
We enter into military service with the belief that joining the profession of arms means being part of something greater than ourselves. Being part of something greater requires each member of the profession to grow individually, improving every day to be better. This pattern of seeking growth is at the very core of the most successful professionals, including their contributions to the profession of arms.
U.S. Naval War College Press
This file is intended to accompany and serve as a resource to support the U.S. Naval War College publication John A. van Beuren Studies in Leadership and Ethics 1: Lieutenant Commander Robert Crosby, USN, Inspiring Innovation: Examining the Operational, Policy, and Technical Contributions Made by Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr. and His Successors (Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, 2018).