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By Jim Barber Publisher
October 1994
It was the greatest naval engagement of all time—the Battle of Leyte Gulf. In this issue we join the fight—50 years later—with long-time Naval Institute contributor Lieutenant Commander Thomas J ...
Painting of a surface starboard bow view of the attack on USS Princeton by R.G. Smith

Greatest of All Sea Battles

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 1994
The fight for the Philippines 50 years ago in and around Leyte Gulf involved 300 ships, 200,000 men, snap decisions, and geographic luck.

Philo McGiffin Lore

By Major Eames L. Yates, U.S. Army 
October 1994
As a small boy, I heard many wonderful stories about McGiffin from my grandfather, who was graduated from Annapolis in McGiffin’s class of 1882.

Looking Back

By Paul Stillwell
October 1994
A trip to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center earlier this year brought back memories of 32 years ago. When the train from Chicago stopped at the gate one night ...

In Contact...

October 1994
“As If History Had Stopped” (See P. Stillwell, pp. 52-54, March-April 1994; J. Weitkamp, L. G. Shurtleff, D. A. Brown, pp. 7-8, July-August 1994 Naval History) Richard A. Freedman I ...

Recovering the Hollands

By Richard Compton-Hall
October 1994
Salvaging the Holland 1 submarine boat from the sea floor was only the beginning. Now the Royal Navy Submarine Museum is attempting to rescue the submarine again—from itself.

Book Reviews

Reviewed by John Stobart, Joseph P. Reidy, Ph.D., & Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 1994
Sail & Steam: A Century of Maritime Enterprise: 1840- 1935: Photographs from the National Maritime Museum John Falconer. Boston, MA: David R. Godine, Publisher, 1993. 192 pp. Photos. $50.00 ($45.00). ...

Naval History News

Edited By Bert Hubinger
October 1994
Battleship that Never Died Just outside Florida’s Pensacola Bay lie the 100-year-old remains of the USS Massachusetts (BB-2), America’s oldest battleship, now protected by the state. Launched in 1893 as ...

Salty Talk

By Commander Ty Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 1994
Someone speaking of “beating a dead horse” may have in mind an image of a jockey trying to get his deceased mount to move, but the phrase also has a ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker, III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World 
October 1994
The slow death of a fine ship: the former Coral Sea (CV-43), at right, being scrapped by Sea Witch Salvage Company at Baltimore, Maryland, in March 1994. Launched on 2 ...