Naval History Magazine - June 2014 Volume 28, Number 3

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Cover Story
The Allies’ ability to quickly build up forces on the beaches of Normandy would make or break the invasion of France.


  • Lost to Enemy Action
    Compiled by the Staff of Naval History
    U.S. naval officers recount the sinking of their vessels during the invasion of Normandy.

    Early D-Day Loss

    Lieutenant Commander Rency F. Sewell, commanding...

  • From 'Futuristic Whimsy' to Naval Reality
    By Abraham Rabinovich
    The Israeli navy’s development of missile boats in the 1960s was an exceptional demonstration of national will—and the battles they fought in the Yom Kippur War were a turning point in naval warfare....
  • Saving Nimitz's 'Graybook'
    By John B. Hattendorf
    The massive, previously classified collection of ‘Command Summary’ documents is the Holy Grail of World War II Pacific research—and now it’s online.

    Among the vast number of...

  • The Impossible Salvage
    By Hiller B. Zobel
    Recovering the S-51 would require divers to risk their lives on a daring mission, the likes of which the Navy had never before attempted.

    On the dark night of 25 September 1925, during a routine...

  • Forgotten Paladin of the Old Navy
    By Louis Arthur Norton
    From the burning of the Philadelphia to the Constitution-Guerriere battle to pioneering work in the field of naval science, Commodore Charles Morris was a ubiquitous presence in America’s...
  • Book Reviews

    The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex during the War of 1812

    George C. Daughan. New York: Basic Books, 2013. 322 pp. Notes. Biblio. $28.99.

    Reviewed by David Curtis Skaggs...


  • 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...

Subscriber Only Content

  • Normandy's Crucial Component
    By Craig L. Symonds
    The Allies’ ability to quickly build up forces on the beaches of Normandy would make or break the invasion of France.
  • 'The Navy Saved Our Hides'
    By Craig L. Symonds
    With U.S. soldiers pinned down on Omaha Beach, American destroyers steamed in close to shore, opened fire on German positions, and helped turn the tide of invasion.

    The first Allied soldier stepped ashore...

  • 'Victory Has Perched on Our Banners'
    Edited by Norman C. Delaney
    A century and a half ago, the Union sloop Kearsarge and Rebel raider Alabama faced off in the Civil War’s most famous non-ironclad duel. Excerpts from ‘Kearsarger’ James Lee’s...
  • Contributors

    Norman C. Delaney was named the Naval History 2011 Author of the Year for a pair of articles about Kearsarge and Alabama sailors: “‘I Didn’t Feel Excited a Mite’” (December...

  • On Our Scope

    About two weeks after D-Day, U.S. Navy Captain Harry “Savvy” Sanders, commander of Destroyer Squadron 18, recapped his experiences on 6 June 1944 in a letter to his friend Captain J. H. Chadwick. “The landing on Omaha beach was...

  • Looking Back - The Caine Mutiny
    By Paul Stillwell

    The special affection I hold for this classic story goes back 60 years—to the summer of 1954, when I first saw the movie that made its debut in June of that year. My...

  • In Contact

    The U.S. La Guardia de la Costa—Not Navy

    Captain Earle L. Sullivan, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    I greatly enjoyed Jack Sweetman’s April article about U.S. forces landing in Veracruz and the engagement that led...

  • Armaments and Innovations - The Navy’s Ramjet Missile
    By Norman Friedman

    The Aegis integrated weapons system currently on board more than 70 U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers is a lineal descendant of the service’s original antiaircraft missile...

  • Naval History News

    Olympia to Keep Floating in Philadelphia

    The next phase in the USS Olympia’s life has been decided: She will stay in Philadelphia under the stewardship of the Independence Seaport Museum (ISM). On 2 April, the ISM...

  • Historic Aircraft - The Little Birds
    By Norman Polmar

    Probably the world’s best-known helicopter is the Bell H-13—flown by the Navy as the HTL and HUL. Beginning with the feature film M*A*S*H in 1970 and in 256...

  • Historic Fleets - ‘The Handsomest Vessel of Her Rate’
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Thirty-four days out of Newport, Rhode Island, on 1 November 1803, the brig-of-war Argus reached Gibraltar. She “sails well,” her captain, Lieutenant Stephen...

  • Museum Report - Commemorating the D-Day Landings
    By Kevin M. Hymel

    Success on D-Day would not have been possible without the Allied naval operations on and off Utah Beach, the codename for the westernmost landing area between Pouppeville and La...

  • Pieces of the Past

    When Royal Navy Admiral John “Jackie” Fisher saw his brainchild, HMS Dreadnought, slide down the ways at her launch on 10 February 1906, could he have imagined that parts of that revolutionary battleship would one day end up...


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