Naval History Magazine - April 2008 Volume 22, Number 2

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Watching his first kamikaze attacks was a thrilling and terrifying experience for an ensign recently transferred from the Atlantic to the Pacific theater.


  • Where Naval Tradition Lives
    By Eric Mills
    Few cities in the world beckon to the maritime history—loving traveler as forcefully as Annapolis.

    Steeped in centuries of lore and crowded with historic buildings, it is the spiritual lodestone of the U.S. Navy....

  • The Navy's Spy Missions in Space
    By Wilfred P. Deac
    Navy beat Army (and Air Force, too) in the race to have the first orbitting reconnaissance satellite.

    America's first operational reconnaissance satellite was launched in June 1960 under a cover so deep that its...

  • Who Knocked the Enterprise Out of the War
    By Kan Sugahara
    A twisting, turning search to identify the kamikaze pilot who crashed into "The Big E" on 14 May 1945 eventually resulted in the aviator's brother and friends finding long-overdue comfort and closure.


  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    Battleship Skipper

    Forty years ago this spring, the Navy recommissioned the battleship New Jersey (BB-62). Thousands of people gathered at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to see the reincarnation of a ship that had been...

  • On Our Scope
    Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief

    For Naval History's spring historical travel package, we decided to stick close to home. This issue features a look at Annapolis, Maryland, including the U.S. Naval Academy. That's where Naval History's publisher, the U.S. Naval...

  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar-Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet<p>

    The Navy's Frontline in Korea

    The U.S. Navy's first jet-propelled aircraft to enter combat was the F9F Panther. The Grumman-built aircraft may have also have been the world's first jet-propelled aircraft to shoot down...


  • Proceedings Survey

  • Standing for Our Flag

    In the June Proceedings, Captain Eyer in his “Charting a Course” column introduced retired Navy Admiral William...


    # 3 The Exocet Missile 


  • Proceedings Survey: What is your favorite Navy rating symbol?

    U.S. Navy enlisted personnel—unlike those in the other services—literally wear their jobs on their sleeves. A new policy outlined in Navy in NAVADMIN 218/16 will change all that. Most past and current Sailors will likely feel...

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  • Witness to a Spectacle
    By Commander Berry D. Willis Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
    Watching his first kamikaze attacks was a thrilling and terrifying experience for an ensign recently transferred from the Atlantic to the Pacific theater.
  • The Kamikaze Strike
    By Robert Shafer
    A suicide plane's sudden crash into the USS Nashville turned the cruiser into an inferno of flames and exploding ammunition and exacted a devastating physical and mental toll on her crew.

    A kamikaze attack...

  • The U.S. Navy Battles Pirates of the Caribbean
    By Joseph Gibbs
    In 1821, one captain sailed with his ship and crew into the waters off western Cuba intent on breakng a piratical stranglehold on merchant shipping.

    To Americans living along the southeastern coastal shores in the early...

  • A Fortunate Ship A Most on a Narrow Sea
    By Captain John A. Rodgaard, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Moore, Royal Naval Reserve
    Dodging mines and aerial attacks, a Royal Navy destroyer played a vital role in evacuating troops across the English Channel early in World War II.

    In times of crisis or war, ships have been called on to perform tasks for...

  • In Contact

    "The Truth About Tonkin"

    (See P. Paterson, pp. 52-59, February 2008 Naval History)

    Commander William Buehler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    I was in the USS Maddox (DD-731) as ops officer during the Tonkin...

  • Naval History News

    Captain Kidd Wreck Discovered

    The shattered remnants of a ship believed to have been captured by the 17th-century pirate Captain William Kidd have been discovered in just 10 feet of water off Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic....

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Pioneer of the New Navy

  • Book Reviews

    The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

    David Halberstam. New York: Hyperion, 2007. 736 pp. Maps. Notes. Bib. Index. $35.
    Reviewed by Allan R. Millett

    How does one review a book written by an elite of...

  • Museum Report
    By Eric Mills

    A Living Lighthouse Legacy


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