JFK's Marines

By Colonel John G. Miller, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
February 2000
President John F. Kennedy puts the Marines of "Eighth and Eye" to a test in 1962; their next one comes on a November night 16 months later.

Deep Secrets Revealed

By Norman Polmar
February 2000
The seas give up two secrets—at least partially—in 1999: Gus Grissom's long-lost Liberty Bell 7 space capsule and the Israeli submarine Dakar.

The Real Sand Pebbles

By Captain Bernard D. Cole, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2000
What the classic novel and the hit motion picture leave out are the major impediments faced by the builders of the Yangtze Patrol gunboats.

Warriors to Return to Midway

By Captain James A. Noone Sidebar by Vice Admiral William D. Houser
February 2000
In June 1999, Battle of Midway veterans went back to the Pacific atoll, recalling their part in the greatest sea battle of World War II.

Lost and Nearly Forgotten

By Captain W. Russell Webster, U.S. Coast Guard
February 2000
In 1944, the Coast Guard lightship Vineyard sank to the bottom off Sow & Pig's Reef in Massachusetts. Were it not for the efforts of one of her crewmen, her ...

He Did It His Way

By Paul Stillwell
February 2000
At the end of any given year we can look back on the days that were good, bad, or humdrum. Fortunately, there are a few that qualify as great. Two ...

In Contact

February 2000
“Pearl Harbor—Attack from Below” (See J. Rodgaard, P. Hsu, C. Lucas, A. Biache, pp. 16-23, December 1999 Naval History) Glen C. Turner I am a survivor of the attack ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
February 1999
The U.S. Navy’s original LST (landing ship tank) probably was one of the most versatile warships ever designed, for it proved readily adaptable for a host of other functions. The ...

The Ship Killers

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
February 2000
The Douglas SBD Dauntless was the most effective dive bomber of World War II in terms of warship tonnage sunk; U.S. Navy SBD scout-dive bombers destroyed four Imperial Japanese Navy ...

Naval History News

February 2000
The New Jersey Arrives in Philadelphia The battleship New Jersey (BB-62) left her pier at Bremerton, Washington, under tow on 12 September 1999, beginning a journey that took her through ...

Salty Talk

By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2000
The guns of the sailing navy had nowhere near the range and accuracy of today’s naval rifles, although they were just about the most powerful weapons in their own time ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Commander Edward P. Stafford, U.S. Navy (Retired), Benis M. Frank, Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired) & Captain James A. McNitt, U.S. Naval Reserve
February 2000
Across the Top of the World James P. Delgado. New York: Checkmark Books, 1999. 224 pp. Illus. Index. $35.00 ($31.50). Reviewed by Commander Edward P. Stafford, U.S. Navy (Retired) The ...

Navy Yarns

By Captain Roy C. Smith, III, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2000
Early in the 1950s, Commander Worth Scanland was taking a submarine division west across the Marianas Trench and thought it would be a great idea if all hands had a ...