William F. Bundy (Observer Dispatch)

William F. Bundy, a longtime Naval War College professor and associate provost, who was the first black sailor to rise from the U.S. Navy's enlisted ranks to take command of a submarine, has died.

Bundy, also a former director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, died of a heart attack on Sunday, according to Mike Ritz, of Leadership Rhode Island.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Laurie Pearson

The Marines are the smallest and scrappiest branch of the armed forces, as any veteran of the Corps will proudly (and loudly) tell you. But even among the Marines, there are still the few, the proud, the saddle-bound.

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