Earle Naval Station

Colt's Neck, New Jersey

Named after Rear Admiral Ralph Earle, chief of the Bureau of Ordnance during World War I, Naval Weapons Station Earle was commissioned on December 13, 1943.
     George B. Salter  (1916 – 1999) was among the musicians in its 20-piece band; he played trumpet. According to family, he received the American Theatre Victory Ribbon in 1944.
     He was born in Hickory, Mississippi, to Sallie Johnson and Frank Salter, and married his high school sweetheart, Louise Lucille; they had two daughters.  After the war, Salter worked for the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, becoming in the process the company’s first African-American crew chief.
     No other musicians with this band have been identified.

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“George B. Salter.”  in A Little Known Legacy: The Great Lakes Experience: A Salute to African-American Navy Bandsmen at the Great Lakes Naval Base 1942-45 [Chicago, IL] [Feb. 2003]: 23. Collection of Carl Foster.

Rush, Bobby L. “Tribute to Mr. George Salter.” Congressional Record. 1 Nov. 1999: 27730. Web. 24 May 2021.

–Alex Albright
May 2021