Naval History Magazine - August 2014 Volume 28, Number 4

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Cover Story
Although Vietnam took a heavy toll on the Navy, in retrospect the experience equipped the service with the skills needed to meet the challenges of the late 20th century....


  • Photographer at War
    By Paul Stillwell
    Alf Sedivi did not make it home from World War II, but thousands of his images—a remarkable collection detailing Pacific battlefields and life on board the Indianapolis—did.

    Before smartphones made every...

  • Grand Delusion: U.S. Strategy and the Tonkin Gulf Incident
    By Edward J. Marolda
    In 1964 U.S. leaders were confident that by gradually increasing military pressure on North Vietnam they could curb its influence in Indochina. An encounter between the U.S. Navy and communist torpedo boats that August,...
  • 'Damn the Torpedoes'
    By Robert M. Browning Jr.
    What did Farragut really say at Mobile Bay? In the wake of the battle, accounts varied, and speculation continues to this day.

    Probably the most famous quote in U.S....

  • Perils of the Quest for Supremacy
    By Howard J. Fuller
    The construction and commissioning of more and more battleships and dreadnoughts defined the Anglo-German naval arms race preceding World War I. But was the contest ultimately a losing endeavor for each side?...
  • On Our Scope

    For the 3.6 million men and women who served abroad in the U.S. Navy during World War II, letters and perhaps a rare phone call or visit were the only ways they could keep their loved ones informed about their sea-service life. A...

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  • Forged in Battle
    By Edward J. Marolda
    Although Vietnam took a heavy toll on the Navy, in retrospect the experience equipped the service with the skills needed to meet the challenges of the late 20th century.

    Many Americans, if they...

  • 'They Did Their Duty as Became American Sailors'
    By William H. Thiesen
    Cuttermen rose to the occasion during the War of 1812, a conflict that forged the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service’s identity.

    In the years leading up to the War of 1812, Great Britain refused to observe...

  • The Marines' Commando Experiment
    By Midshipman First Class Michael Tesluk, U.S. Navy
    Under the guidance of very different commanders, the 1st and 2d Marine Raider Battalions excelled when operating behind enemy lines or fighting as conventional infantrymen.


  • Contributors

    Robert M. Browning Jr. is the chief historian for the U.S. Coast Guard and the author of nearly 50 articles relating to the Coast Guard and U.S. naval and maritime history and four books including Forrest: The Confederacy...

  • Looking Back - Naval Officer for Two Nations
    By Paul Stillwell

    Half a century ago, in the summer of 1964, I underwent training at the Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. An individual who remains firmly in memory...

  • In Contact

    Whiteout in Antarctica

    Richard Paul Smyers

    I have some additional information that could further illuminate Norman Polmar’s June column (“...

  • Armaments and Innovations - A Gun to Counter the Dive Bomber
    By Thomas Wildenberg

    The quadruple 1.1-inch machine cannon, affectionately known as the “Chicago Piano,” was the first medium-range antiaircraft gun adopted by the U.S. Navy.1 Engineered and built by the...

  • Naval History News

    Looters Also Found the Santa Maria

    On 13 May, underwater archaeological explorer Barry Clifford revealed that remnants of a shipwreck off the northern coast of Haiti most likely...

  • Historic Fleets - ‘Prepared for the Work of War’
    By Robert J. Cressman

    A little over halfway through the forenoon watch on 11 June 1942, the American tanker Hagan was steaming off the northern coast of Cuba, bound for Havana with a cargo of blackstrap molasses. The unescorted vessel steering an...

  • Historic Aircraft - The first BIG Bomber
    By Norman Polmar

    The first American-built large bomber flown by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps was the Glenn Martin GMB-1, as the Army designated the aircraft.1 The U.S. air services flew mostly European-built...

  • Book Reviews

    In the Hour of Victory: The Royal Navy at War in the Age of Nelson

    Sam Willis. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014. 396 pp. Ilus. Notes. Glossary. Index. $35.

    Reviewed by Joseph Callo...

  • Museum Report - The Lucky Windjammer
    By Andrew C. A. Jampoler

    Built in Glasgow in 1903, the SV Pommern is now—75 years after going out of service—afloat and  restored. She is tied up across the street from the Ålands sjöfartsmuseum, a maritime museum in Mariehamn, the...

  • Pieces of the Past

    A few hands of “White Squadron,” anyone? Preserved in the archives of the U.S. Naval Institute, this educational card game from 1896 teaches players about the ships of the U.S. Navy while they engage in a variation on the “Go...


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