Burn Philadelphia

By Major Philip Wasielewski, U.S. Marine Corps
April 1997
U.S. Navy Captain Edward Preble determined that the Pasha of Tripoli would not retain his prize for long and set the ship on fire.

A Sad Day in the Cold War

By Commander Robert C. M. Ottensmeyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 1997
They went up to the Crimea to pulse some Soviet radars on a signals- intelligence mission, a demanding but not an unusual flight.

Early Vietnam: Unwinnable?

By Kenneth J. Hagan
April 1997
Colonel Croizat observed that even today, in this roomful of specialists with 30 or 40 years of hindsight and reflection, we still could not formulate a winning strategy for the ...

Off to a Solid Start

By Paul Stillwell
April 1997
In the beginning, it seemed so disarmingly simple. Thirty-five years ago this spring, I turned 18 and had to register for the draft. My father knew a naval reservist in ...

In Contact

April 1997
“They Are Still Magnificent Men” (See H. Osteen, pp. 46-47, January-February 1997 Naval History) Peter T. Lennon The photogragh that accompanied Mr. Osteen’s article was most appropriate. It is of ...

Navy Yarns

By Captain Roy C. Smith III, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 1997
Bruce McCandless (U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1932), who later received the Medal of Honor on board the USS San Francisco (CA-38) in 1942 and eventually rose to the rank ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Professor Robert C. Jones, Dr. Roderick Speer
April 1997
Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Aubrey- Maturin Novels of Patrick O’Brian Dean King with John B. Hattendorf, with Maps by William Clipson and Adam ...

Naval History News

April 1997
New Destroyer Honors Sullivan Brothers The Navy again honors the memory of the five Sullivan brothers on 19 April as it accepts into commission the newest Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)-class destroyer ...

Salty Talk

By Commander Ty Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 1997
A full-rigged ship was called a “square-rigger,” because the majority of her sails, when at rest, were suspended perpendicular to the length of the ship. Most of the sails on ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
April 1997
The last U.S. Navy battleship built to carry 12-inch 50-caliber guns was the USS Arkansas (BB-33). Her major-caliber weapons were housed in six twin turrets, all mounted on the centerline ...