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By Jim Barber
April 1988
The Battle of Midway, even after 46 years, continues to hold a great deal of fascination for many Americans. Author Walter Lord called it an “incredible victory,” as indeed it ...

The Nimitzes Call

By Rear Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1988
Fleet Admiral Nimitz's aide recalls with fondness and mortification a visit from the Nimitzes that went awry.
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I Brought Them Up

By Chief Machinist’s Mate William Badders, U. S. Navy (Retired)
April 1988
Two months after her March 1939 commissioning, the Squalus sank during trials. But for the first time ever, a sunken submarine wasn't certain death for 33 lucky men.

Scuttle the Ship!

By Captain Edward F. Oliver, U. S. Coast Guard (Retired)
April 1988
Downtown Manhattan was minutes away from devastation in April 1943. The cool thinking and bravery of Coast Guardsmen saved the day.

In Contact

April 1988
“The Indestructible XMAP” (See J. D. Alden, pp. 44-47, Winter 1988 Naval History) Lieutenant Commander A. E. Hammarlund, U. S. Navy (Retired)—The technical report mentioned various systems for ...

Convoy Slaughter

By Sylvester J. Flaherty
April 1988
The stage was set for the greatest single convoy loss of World War II. It was late in June 1942 when the 37 merchant vessels of PQ-17 heaved their anchors ...

Book Reviews

By Stanley L. Falk, Rear Admiral Robert W. McNitt, U. S. Navy (Retired), Captain Kenneth J. Hagan, U. S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
April 1988
Pearl Harbor: A Bibliography of the Controversy By Stanley L. Falk Nearly half a century after the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the events of that fateful 7 December ...

In Progress

April 1988
U. S. NAVAL INSTITUTE Naval History/Proceedings: Jack's happy days will soon be gone, To return again, ah, never! For they've raised his pay five cents a day. But stopped his ...

In Profile—R. G. Smith

By Barrett Tillman
April 1988
The disciplines of art and engineering seldom are manifest in equal portions in an individual. Yet when such a combination does occur, it comprises a third discipline that transcends both ...

The Mariners’ Museum

By Jean Lerche
April 1988
In the Port of Hampton Roads, one of the world’s finest natural anchorages, local watermen find themselves sharing waters with commercial and naval vessels from around the world. The Mariners’ ...