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Capt. Thomas David Parham, the Navy’s first black Sailor to be promoted to the rank of captain, died April 16 in Norfolk, Va.
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File photo (April 19, 2007) - Capt. Thomas David Parham, the Navys first black Sailor to be promoted to the rank of captain, died April 16 in Norfolk, Va. Parham, 87, was commissioned in 1944 and promoted to captain in February 1966. Funeral services will be held April 21, at 1 p.m., at the Little Creek Amphibious Base chapel. U.S. Navy photo (RELEASED)

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