Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 25, 2004

Vice Adm. Samuel Gravely Jr., 83, the first black commander of a Navy ship and the first black to attain the rank of admiral, died Friday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda after a stroke.

Admiral Gravely, a Richmond, Va., native, began his 38-year Navy career as a fireman apprentice and in the 1960s became acting commanding officer of the destroyer USS Theodore E. Chandler. During the Vietnam War he commanded the destroyer USS Taussig and the guided-missile frigate USS Jouett.

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