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Capt. Mike “Hell Roaring” Healy,

Known as the first person of African American descent to command a U.S. military ship. Capt. Healy was an officer in the US Revenue Cutter Service, which was the predecessor to the US Coast Guard.  A tough and rugged officer, Capt. Healy commanded ships patrolling Alaska and the Bering Straight in the 1880’s and 1890’s.