The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor interrupted his plans to be a football coach. Instead of staying in hometown Richmond at Virginia Union University (he graduated later), he enlisted in the Naval Reserve. In all, he served in the reserve or the regular Navy for 38 years. As he rose in rank, he achieved a number of firsts, including the first African- American commander, captain, rear admiral, and vice admiral.
Admiral Gravely Blvd. is named in his honor. If you know anyone in this photo and would like to let the community know, please contact an Executive Committee member. We would be glad to print their names in the next newsletter.