A bit of nostalgia from the December 1974 edition of PROCEEDINGS magazine from USNI. The article was written by Lieutenant Commander P.M. Shepherd, USN. He was commissioned under the Integration or "seaman to admiral" Program. From 1971-1972 he served as a shipboard advisor to the Vietnamese Fleet Command."God must love the surface line officer, He has made so many of them. And, throughout the long history of the U.S. Navy, their faces have been different but the color of their shoes has remained the same. BLACK. Beautiful black! Yet, fashions change and, for most of the past two centuries, the Black Shoe has been supplanted by seemingly faster steppers. But black is back. And ain't no-body better step on them no more!"