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You can make a donation toward the completion of Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith’s oral history—and your dollars will do double duty thanks to the generous gift match offered by Defense Group, Inc., a high-tech services and hardware company headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. James P. Wade, Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer, has extended this challenge: DGI will match the next $5,000 raised for the Smith oral history.

Your financial support helps underwrite the production and labor costs of oral histories, such as transcribing, footnoting, compiling an annotated index, and bookbinding. Gifts may be sent to the Naval Institute Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402. Please indicate if your gift is for a specific project, or if it may be used for general oral history support. For more information, please call Associate Director Sue Sweeney at (410) 295-1054, or contact her at foundation@usni.org .    

Engen Oral History is Now Available

The support of more than three dozen admirers has enabled the Naval Institute to finish the oral history of the late Vice Admiral Donald Engen. Our special thanks to the following donors for their outstanding generosity:

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Captain Nicholas A. Castruccio, USN (Ret.)
Mr. Charles D. Eidson
Mr. Richard N. Frank
Commander Howard Pinskey, USNR (Ret.)
Susan Rothermund & Robert Harris
Mr. Clive Runnells
Aviation Facilities Company, Inc.

Help Save Historic Photos

Sixty years ago this month, the USS Franklin (CV-13), an Essex -class aircraft carrier, suffered catastrophic damage during action less than 60 miles from the coast of Japan. On 19 March 1945, a Japanese dive-bomber scored direct hits with two 500-pound bombs, causing an inferno of exploding bombs, rockets, and aviation fuel. Though the carrier suffered more than a thousand casualties, heroic efforts by the Franklin ’s crew and other ships in company eventually extinguished the fires. Under the command of Captain Leslie H. Gehres, the severely crippled Franklin then steamed 12,000 miles back to New York.  

Dozens of images of the Franklin are among the nearly half-million photographs held by the Naval Institute and in need of preservation. On display now at the Institute’s Web site are special photo collections commemorating the Battle of Iwo Jima and the USS New Jersey . Your assistance to underwrite the cost of these and other new photo archives initiatives, and to purchase related computer software and hardware, printers, and scanners is greatly appreciated. You can help by sending your tax-deductible gift by check, Visa, or MasterCard—specifying it is for the photo archives—to the Naval Institute Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402, or by making a gift online .


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