In 1962 William Goines became the first black Navy SEAL and helped set the stage for what the elite units would look like in the future. He was one of the 40 men who were assigned to the first two SEAL teams created by President John F. Kennedy, with one being located on each coast. Goines enlisted in the Navy in 1955 after graduating high school where he went on to training. After the two years of training to become a Navy SEAL he beat out five Army Rangers and several dozen other sailors to be chosen as one of the 13 men who completed training. Five years later President Kennedy officially established the first two SEAL teams. Goines retired from the Navy in 1987 after serving for 32 years.
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