Vice Admiral Eugene P. “Dennis” Wilkinson is best known for his skillful execution of two historic assignments. In August 1953, he took command of the world’s first nuclear-powered ship, the submarine USS Nautilus (SSN-571). Five years later, he became skipper of the Navy’s first nuclear-powered surface ship, the guided-missile cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN-9).
During extensive interviews with the Naval Institute, the admiral covered his entire life and career for the Institute’s oral history program. Threading through a fascinating discussion of his profession, he covers such diverse topics as his famed prowess at poker and marbles, and the 1951 rescue at sea of Collier’s correspondent Charlotte Knight by the submarine Volador (SS-490), under his command.
The Naval Institute seeks donors to underwrite the costs of transcribing, footnoting, indexing, and binding Admiral Wilkinson’s oral history before the project can proceed. Tax-deductible contributions of all sizes are appreciated. Those who donate $1,000 or more to the Wilkinson project will be recognized in the volume. If you can help, please contact Sue Sweeney at (410) 295-1054 or at [email protected] .
Picture Perfect Opportunity
The Naval Institute is seeking a sponsor—be it an individual, corporation, or foundation—to underwrite its 45th annual Naval and Maritime Photo Contest to be judged in early 2007. As you enjoy the current winners featured in this issue, please consider helping the Institute to continue its tradition of fostering great photography.
For information about the benefits of sponsorship, contact Bill MacIntosh at (410) 295-1056 or at [email protected] .
Help Preserve Unique Photos
The Naval Institute’s archive of nearly half-a-million photographs includes thousands of images that have been donated to the Institute from personal collections. Because these photos, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia are available from no other sources, their preservation is particularly important.
Financial support enables the archive’s staff to scan the photos and make them more widely available. It also defrays the upkeep costs of the temperature- and humidity-controlled storage area where the collection is housed. You can help by sending your tax-deductible gift by check, Visa, or MasterCard—specifying it is for the photo archive—to the Naval Institute Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402, or by making a gift online at www.usni.org .
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