During Black History Month in February, employee representatives from Marathon Petroleum Los Angeles Refinery concluded their celebrations and activities aboard the USS IOWA Battleship Museumoperated by Pacific Battleship Center, a non-profit organization.
Marathon Oil sponsored the centre’s annual program, the Gravely Experience, which began with a lunch for area high school students.
The Gravely Experience honors Vice Admiral Samuel L. GravelyJr., the of the US Navy first Afro-American commander, captain, rear-admiral and vice-admiral. The program is inspired by the motto of the late admiral: Education, Motivation and Perseverance. Local students board the famous battleship to learn about Gravely and his many accomplishments, as well as the barriers he broke down to cement his place in history.
‘The serious experience here on the USS Iowa illustrates his vision, and to Marathon Oilwe are proud to play a small part in honoring the historic life and career of the Vice Admiral,” said Robert Prietoa 23-year-old employee of Marathon’s Los Angeles Refinery and Army veteran, who served as the event’s keynote speaker. “The Army taught me to persevere, to get through the hard times, and to not let anyone stop me from pursuing my goals – that’s exactly how Gravely lived his life, and he did it against all odds. That’s why it’s an absolute honor to be part of this year’s celebration and to ensure, together, that we continue to tell his story.
More than 120 Grade 11 students attended the event, which included a scholarship essay contest, an iconic part of the museum’s celebration of the late Admiral.
The Los Angeles Refinery has partnered with the museum for several years, supporting its many educational programs, including Gravely Experience.
Gravely, who died in 2004, served on the USS Iowa during the Korean War. He also served in World War II and received many high level awards including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Medal.
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