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Biographies of the 2012 board candidates appear on pages 68 through 71 of this issue.
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While Naval History is celebrating its silver anniversary this year, 2012 marks the golden anniversary of the Navy’s Sea, Air and Land Teams. Dick Couch’s “SEALs: Fifty Years and Counting” examines the teams’ World War II roots, their formation in early 1962, and their trial by fire in the Vietnam War. But when discussing the SEALs, it’s virtually impossible to ignore their headline-grabbing present-day exploits, and Mr. Couch continues their story to the war on terrorism and their takedown of Osama bin Laden.
Among this issue’s other offerings, Giles Healy’s article, “Into Battle on Board the Invincible ,” includes a transcript of the historical treasure he found hidden in a suitcase of old camera equipment purchased at auction, and in “The Resurrection of John Paul Jones,” retired Navy Captain Patrick Grant documents an American ambassador’s six-year personal quest to locate the remains of one of the Navy’s greatest heroes.