Highlights from Naval History
Future broadcast-news icon Walter Cronkite (center) and other American military journalists undergo flight training for bombing missions in 1943.

‘And That’s the Way It Was’

By Fred L. Schultz
June 2024
The former Editor-in-Chief of Naval History reflects on his interview with CBS News icon Walter Cronkite, who had covered the Normandy invasion as a young war correspondent.
NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND  During rehearsals for the 1944 invasion of Europe, LCF-22, A British warship manned by a U.S. crew, stands offshore during a practice landing in England. (Note the USS LST-17 in the background.)

Flak Ships and 90-Day Wonders

By James H. Rhodes and Andrew Rhodes
June 2024
Remembering the unsung LCFs—British vessels turned over to U.S. crews—that provided close-in gunfire support on D-Day.
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On Our Scope

June 2024
June 1944, that pivotal month in the course of 20th-century history, could be aptly framed as “A Tale of Two D-Days.”
The frigate Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor, 16 February 1804, by Edward Moran (1829–1901). Previously captured by the Tripolitans, the frigate was boarded and burned by a party from the ketch Intrepid led by Lieutenant Stephen Decatur.

A Daring Little Ketch

By BJ Armstrong, Author of Small Boats and Daring Men
June 2024
When the coastal trading vessel Mastico sailed from Tripoli Harbor in North Africa in December 1803, her master set a course into the dangerous waters of the Mediterranean.
Lieutenant Theodore Ellyson is in the pilot’s seat of A-1 as preparations are made for the cable test launch. The main cable ran in an inverted U-channel beneath the pontoon; thinner cables were strung near each wingtip for balance. The broad U-shaped tip guides are visible beneath the wings.

The Navy’s First

By J. M. Caiella
June 2024
Practical flight was less than eight years old when the U.S. Navy made its first tentative commitment to put sailors aloft in heavier-than-air craft.


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