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"That's when our captain said we were as much a part of that crew as anyone else." (Audio Interview, 21:07)

   Frank Hosendove
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Frank Hosendove, 2002
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Navy
Service Location: Great Lakes, Illinois; Hampton Institute, Virginia; Honolulu; Okinawa Island (Ryukyu Islands)
Rank: Carpenter's Mate Second Class
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Over 30 years old, with a wife and child, working in a defense plant, Frank Hosendove was surprised when he received his draft notice in early 1944. His experiences in the Navy were mostly positive, thanks to a captain who didn't believe in segregation, encouraging black sailors to come to him if they encountered any prejudice. His ship, the cargo vessel USS Bridge, sailed the Pacific without incident during the war but was badly damaged when it hit a mine 10 weeks after V-J Day.

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Absence of racial tension at Great Lakes, where he trained; his age as an advantage. (02:17) Being protected from prejudice in a largely segregated Navy. (03:24) Part of experiment to integrate three ships; still waiting to receive medals he earned. (02:31)
War's end' Navy hustling people out of the service; his ship the only truly integrated one in the experiment. (03:01) Lack of tension aboard his ship; being made to feel a part of the team effort. (02:57) 

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