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By Jim Barber Executive Director
June 1992
In terms of combat achievements, the aircraft carrier has been the principal U.S. warship for the past 50 years. Pre-World War II doctrine called for great battle-line engagements featuring battleship ...

The Plimsoll Mark

By Rear Admiral William H. Langenberg, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
June 1992
A landsman, former brewery clerk and failed coal merchant, Samuel Plimsoll made marine safety and the welfare of seamen his life's work.

In Contact

June 1992
“The Japanese Perspective” (See M. Okimiya, pp. 10-13, Winter 1991 Naval History) Yoya Kawamura—The document handed to Secretary of State Cordell Hull by Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburo on 7 ...

“To Retrieve Our Initial Disaster”

By Robert J. Cressman
June 1992
The destruction of the Battle Line at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 prompted a revision of the Pacific Fleet’s war plan. The virtual elimination of the battleships that disastrous ...

Oral History—Destroyer at Midway

By Rear Admiral Joseph M. Worthington, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 1992
I assumed command of the USS Benham (DD-397) in May 1941, and remained her skipper until 10 November 1942. During the Battle of Midway (June 1942) the Benham was in ...

Oral History—Shipmate Jim Hair

By Commander Norman H. Meyer, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
June 1992
In mid-June of 1945 I reported to the USS Mason (DE-529) in Brooklyn. As soon as I got aboard and took command, it was obvious that this was a poorly ...

The Ship That Spawned A Navy

Photography By Dan Beigel
June 1992
Today, her replica—touted to be the world's largest operational wooden tall ship—plies the seas as a sailing school vessel and goodwill ambassador.

Technical Report—The Seawolf: Going to Sea

By Captain R. B. Laning, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 1992
(This is Part II of Captain Laning’s report on commissioning the Seawolf and taking her to sea; Part I appeared in Naval History, Spring 1992, pages 45-48.) Operationally, the Seawolf ...

In Profile—Paul E. Garber

By Captain E. T. Wooldridge, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 1992
Alexander Graham Bell instructed him on the finer points of kite flying. Charles Lindbergh entrusted him with the Spirit of St. Louis. Jennings Randolph, senator from West Virginia, responded to ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Colonel Wendell N. Vest, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Commander Robert C. Whitten, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired), Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley, U.S. Navy (Retired), Rear Admiral Randolph W. King, U.S. Navy (Retired), Commander John D. Alden, U.S. Navy (Retired), & Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 1992
Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle Richard B. Frank. New York: Penguin Books, 1992. 812 pp. Append. Ind. Maps. Notes. Photos. Tables. $16.00 ($14.40) paper. Reviewed by Colonel ...

In Progress

June 1992
U.S. NAVAL INSTITUTE Proceedings/Naval Review: Last November’s Proceedings carried a unique feature: interviews with seven Marine Corps generals who commanded major air and ground units during operations Desert Shield and ...

The Confederate Naval Museum

By Philip M. Callaghan
June 1992
The Confederate Naval Museum in Columbus, Georgia, is devoted exclusively to the history of the gallant sailors who battled the Navy of Mr. Abraham Lincoln. “It’s a part of Civil ...