Black History Month: USS North Carolina Battleship recognizes contributions of John E. Seagraves

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John E. Seagraves is being recognized for his role on the USS Battleship North Carolina (Photo: USS North Carolina Battleship)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In honor of Black History Month, the USS North Carolina Battleship is recognizing one of their crew members who had a big impact aboard the ship.

John E. Seagraves was the first African-American to man a 20-millimeter gun on the Battleship.


A close up of Seagraves (Photo: USS North Carolina Battleship)

He and his crew are credited with downing a Japanese kamikaze in April of 1945, according to a Facebook post.

Seagraves is now 96 years old.

If you want to read more about his wartime experiences, there is a biography titled ‘Uncommon Hero: the John Seagraves Story’.

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