Whose Victory?

By H. P. Willmott
August 1997
The author argues that it is time to move toward a new perspective of World War II in writing the history that emerges from the rubble.

From Tarawa to Hooterville

By Captain James E. Wise, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired), and Anne Collier Rehill
August 1997
This excerpt showcases the heroics of a Naval Reserve officer who became known to television audiences as Oliver Wendell Douglas.

Remembering Clay Barrow

By Paul Stillwell
August 1997
A person’s legacy can be measured in a number of ways. By any measure, that of Clayton R. Barrow, Jr., who died in April of this year, is rich and ...

In Contact

August 1997
Lighten Up Michael M. Bergfeld When will the letter writers grow up? In reviewing many of the letters submitted to the In Contact column, I have never heard such snide ...

Naval History News

August 1997
Exodus 1947 Documentary An hourlong documentary on the Exodus 1947 will air on public television stations in July 1997 (see Naval History May-June 1997). It is the story of the ...

Salty Talk

By Commander Ty Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 1997
“Yarnin’” is a tradition well-established in many remote areas. Telling stories to instruct the young, to preserve a heritage, or merely to pass a quiet evening is a practice common ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Robert C. Jones, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
August 1997
1812 David Nevin. New York, NY: A Tom Doherty Associates, Inc., Book, 1996. 448 pp. $24.95 ($22.45). Reviewed by Robert C. Jones Historian and historical novelist David Nevin has brought ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
August 1997
The only heavy cruiser in the 1935 construction program, the Wichita (CA-45) served as a transition design between the “Treaty” heavy cruisers of the 1920s and the highly successful wartime ...

Historic Aircraft

By Norman Polmar, Author, The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
August 1997
The SOC Seagull was the only U.S. Navy biplane that flew in aerial combat in World War II. During the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, a pair of SOC floatplanes ...

Navy Yarns

By Captain Roy C. Smith III, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 1997
When I reported to the Norfolk Navy Yard as a newly commissioned ensign in October 1941, I was surprised to be told that official calls on my seniors were not ...