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Delbert D. Black was born in Orr, Oklahoma back in 1922.  After graduating from high school he enrolled in the United States Navy, he was assigned to the USS Maryland and was aboard the ship during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. 

He served among many other ships during the war.  The list is quite extensive and there is not enough time or room for me to mention all of them in tis forum.  He advanced through the ranks, serving for 30 years with the Navy.  He retired in 1971.  After his retirement he continued to be involved with the Navy.  He was a member of the USO and the Fleet Reserve Association and co-chairman on the Secretary of Navy Committee on Retired Personnel.  He died in Winter Park, Florida in 2000.  He is buried at Arlington Cemetery. 

However, he accomplished one thing that others had not done until then.  He was the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.  He held that distinction from 1967 to 1971 upon his retirement.  He counseled the highest Navy brass on problems associated with enlisted guidance, leadership and policy.  In 2010 the population of Orr, Oklahoma was a whopping 9,423.  Not bad, not bad at all.  In 2015 the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Delbert D. Black wash christened in his honor.  

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Comments (17)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Sounds like he lived a life of action and accomplishments.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 09, 2016 10:13 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And the beat goes on, not a clue! Enjoy your day!

Sep 09, 2016 10:43 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James Dray,

Wow..Delbert Black served his country well with a distinguished career! Thanks for the info on him.

Sep 09, 2016 10:46 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Can you just imagine the honor to have a destroyer named after you: the USS Delbert D. Black. 

Sep 10, 2016 12:01 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another nice piece of military history..... and I agree with Jane's statement....

Sep 10, 2016 12:15 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


An interesting bit of historical information on Delbert Black.  And what an honor to have a ship named after you.  Enjoy your weekend and the links!  A

Sep 10, 2016 12:20 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - thanks for taking the time to honor his memory.  One of the highest honors anyone can receive is have a ship named for them. 

Sep 10, 2016 12:47 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Agreed = not bad, not bad at all - and a hero to boot

Sep 10, 2016 01:31 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This is so terrific. Great he was recognized even if after his death.

Sep 10, 2016 02:42 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

James- now he was a very distinguished man who served our country.  I'm glad that the Navy recognized him. 

Sep 10, 2016 03:33 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like he was quite an asset to the Navy!  Thank you for allowing us to learn more about this fine man.

Sep 10, 2016 05:26 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Nice to know something about a fellow Oklahoman. Thanks for sharing.

Sep 10, 2016 10:02 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

What a great story James, wonderful reading about someone who did so much for American and his comrades. I hope you are doing well.

Sep 10, 2016 10:41 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, James. Thanks for sharing another great story with us. There are so many that have done so much that we don't hear about until you write about them. 

Sep 10, 2016 11:24 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James and thanks for yet another history lesson and have a great week ahead ...

Sep 11, 2016 02:18 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi James.  Delbert was a true hero in every sense of the word.  Thanks for telling us his story.

Sep 11, 2016 08:26 PM
David Alan Baker | Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

That is a great, great contrubution for active rain, loved reading it. thx

Oct 06, 2016 10:30 AM