Rear Admiral Michelle J. Howard has been a trail-blazer throughout her entire career. She was the first African American woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, the first female graduate of the Naval Academy to achieve the rank of rear admiral, and the first African American woman to command an Expeditionary Strike Group at sea. Howard reached another milestone Aug. 24, when she became the first African American woman promoted to three-star rank in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Grace Murray Hopper (12/9/1906- 1/1/92) was a mathematician and a pioneer in the use of computers in the military, particularly in the USN where she became the first woman to hold the rank of Rear Admiral. "Amazing Grace" was one of the inventors of the computer language "COBOL" and was the first person to use the word "bug" to describe an error in a computer program. Follow link for the rest of her interesting story.
"Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, USNR (1906-1992). Hopper earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics when it was rare for women to college. She joined the WAVES in WWII and retired in 1986 at the age of 80 with the rank of Rear Admiral, being the oldest member of the Navy on active duty. Grace Hopper was also one of the foremost pioneers in the field of computing - she was a programmer on the Mark I at Harvard Labs during WWII.
Charleston Harbor, S.C., Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren standing by a Dahlgren gun on deck of U.S.S. Pawnee. It was taken between 1860 and 1865. The picture shows Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.
Lillian E. Fishburne, the first African American woman to become a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, was born on March 25, 1949 in Patuxent River, Maryland. Fishburne was raised in Rockville, Maryland where she attended Richard Montgomery High School. In 1971, she graduated from Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. In February 1973, Fishburne became an Ensign after graduating from the Women Officers School at Newport, Rhode Island.
1822 Dress Coat, Royal Naval Uniform, British. Front View. Belonged to rear-admiral, reflects influence of contemporary fashions on uniform. Lapels stitched down, buttonholes non-working and edged with bands of gold lace. Fastens with 14 heavy brass hooks and eyes, additional padding in lining of chest and shoulders, front cut straight across. collections.rmg.co.uk suzilove.com
Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter, USN, Commander, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. On the main deck of his flagship, USS Malvern, circa 1864, leaning on a slide carriage-mounted heavy 12-pounder Dahlgren smooth-bore howitzer. Photographed by Alexander Gardner.