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The Golden Thirteen

The Golden Thirteen are the thirteen African-American men who became the firstĀ  African-American men to become commissionedĀ and warrant officers in the United States Navy in 1994. John Walter Reagan, Jesse Walter Arbor, Dalton Louis Baugh, Frank Ellis Sublett, Graham Edward Martin, Phillip George Barnes, Reginald E. Goodwin, James Edward Hair, Samuel Edward Barnes, George Clinton Cooper, William Sylvester White, and Dennis Denmark Nelson were commissioned. Charles Byrd Lear was appointed as a Warrant Officer.