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Hometown Hero: First African-American Navy SEAL hails from Lockland

Hometown Hero: First African-American Navy SEAL hails from Lockland

Segregation may have kept retired Master Chief William Goines from using Lockland’s only public pool, but it didn’t stop him from learning to swim and eventually joining the first teams of Navy SEALs.

Goines was a junior at Lockland Wayne High School when he saw a film that depicted Navy frogmen, who performed underwater demolition operations during World War II.

“My fate was sealed right there. That’s exactly what I wanted to do,” Goines said.

Source: Hometown Hero: First African-American Navy SEAL hails from Lockland