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SHIELD: Dark blue is the color traditionally associated with the Navy, representing the sea. Gold denotes excellence, personifying Vice Admiral Gravely’s accomplishments and of being the ‘Man of Many Firsts’; the first African American commissioned as an officer from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, the first African American to command a United States Navy warship (USS Theodore E. Chandler ), the first African American to command an American warship under combat conditions (USS Taussig), the first African American to command a major naval warship (USS Jouett), the first African American admiral, the first African American to rise to the rank of Vice Admiral, and the first African-American to command a U.S. Fleet (Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet), paving the way for others to follow. The Aegis shield indicates the modern weaponry of the USS GRAVELY. The chevron suggests the prow of a ship; divided into quarters alluding to the four ships – USS Theodore E. Chandler, USS Taussig, USS Jouett and USS Falgout, commanded by Vice Admiral Gravely. The two red sections signify the ships he commanded during combat, one of which into direct fire (USS TAUSSIG). The blue lightning bolts emphasize the Vice Admiral’s expertise in naval communications. The trident represents seapower. Black denotes strength of character. The shield displays the Gravely family’s coat of arms.

CREST: The Gold heraldic seadog symbolizes an experienced sailor, highlighting Vice Admiral Gravely’s 38 years of naval service. The dark blue collar with the three stars displays his highest rank. Red signifies his courage and strength. The billet represents acceptance from his peers for his capabilities as an experienced naval officer. The representation of the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star honor his highest decorations awarded.

SCROLL: The pigeon silhouette symbolize the power to think out in advance before one takes action, a characteristic of Vice Admiral Gravely. The silhouette's also emphasize his affection for this bird.