On Our Scope

By Fred L. Schultz Editor-in-Chief
October 2002
You never know when you’ll run into someone with a connection to naval history. On a sailing trip to the Bahamas, recently retired Naval History Senior Editor Mac Greeley happened ...

‘We Have All Lost a Father’

By Captain J. F. Murphy, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
October 2002
In its climactic assault on Breed’s Hill in 1775, the British lost one of their most talented Marines, Major John Pitcairn. The British Marines never again would fight on land ...

‘Good Night for Bogeys’

By William E. Tucker
October 2002
A fire-controlman on board the Henry A. Wiley (DM-29)— here, within 200 yards of the beach in support of the 2d Battalion, 28th Marines in their assault on Mount Suribachi—recalls ...

She Was the Academy

By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U. S. Navy (Retired)
October 2002
When the first shots were fired in the Civil War, the Constitution was a training ship at the U.S. Naval Academy. Within a few months, “Old Ironsides” served a much ...

Windtalkers Sends Wrong Message

By Lawrence H. Suid
October 2002
Despite its lofty goals, the motion picture Windtalkers (starring Nicholas Cage as Sergeant Joe Enders and Adam Beach as Native American Ben Yahzee) does little to enhance the image of ...

Tom Buell

By Paul Stillwell
October 2002
In early May I went to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to do oral history interviews with Commander Tom Buell, who is best known for his superb books on two World ...

In Contact

October 2002
Editor's Note: The late Commander Thomas B. Buell, U.S. Navy (Retired), was mistakenly identified on page 8 in the August issue as a retired member of the Naval Reserve. “To ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
October 2002
The sister-ship gunboats Wilmington (PG-8) and Helena (PG-9), both built by Newport News Shipbuilding and delivered in 1897, were designed for service in Chinese waters. They had relatively shallow drafts ...

A Helicopter for All Seasons

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
October 2002
The H-34 series helicopter— originally the U.S. Navy’s HSS-1 and Marine Corps’ HUS—was the workhorse of U.S. Army and Marine Corps helicopter operations in the Vietnam War and was used ...

Naval History News

October 2002
Submersible Resurfaces after Being “Lost” In 1969, the Ben Franklin (PX-15) made a 30-day dive, completely submerged, on a mission that made deep-sea history and earned a place in NASA’s ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Ralph L. DeFalco III, U.S. Naval Reserve, Michael D. Hull & Paul G. Halpern
October 2002
Theodore Rex Edmund Morris. New York: Random House, 2001. 772 pp. Notes. Bib. Index. $35.00 ($31.50). Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Ralph L. DeFalco III, U.S. Naval Reserve Theodore Roosevelt peers ...

Salty Talk

By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2002
It was in Napoleonic France that the metric system of measurement first was given official sanction. For scientists and technicians, it soon proved to be a marvelously orderly and precise ...