Navy Mess Attendant School

Navy Mess Attendant School (HM1BYO)

Location: Norfolk, VA 23511
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 56.769', W 76° 18.98'

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From 1933 to 1942, Navy recruits of African descent attended this school, located in barracks at Unit "K-West" and later at "B-East." Advancement opportunities for these sailors and counterparts of Asian-Pacific Island heritage were then limited to serving as officer's cooks or stewards. The school moved to Unit "X" in 1942 before training was relocated to Bainbridge, Maryland, and elsewhere. Though racial segregation continued, all job ratings were re-opened to qualified personnel in 1942. Mess attendants were re-designated "steward's mates" in 1943, and more than 1,100 members of the messman/steward branch were killed during World War II. Norfolk trainees decorated for heroism include Navy Cross recipients Doris Miller, William Pinckney and Leonard Harmon.
Marker NumberKV 16
Year Placed2005
Placed ByUnits K-West and B-East (USN) Mess Attendants Association
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 12:10pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 382792 N 4089707
Decimal Degrees36.94615000, -76.31633333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 56.769', W 76° 18.98'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 56' 46.14" N, 76° 18' 58.80" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801-815 Morris St, Norfolk VA 23511, US
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