On Our Scope

By Fred L. Schultz Editor-in-Chief
June 2003
Sometimes, one reader can make our day. Take the letter we received recently from retired Navy Corpsman Charles T. Sweeny from San Mateo, California. He volunteers at the Palo Alto ...

Exhuming the Constellation

By Dana Wegner
June 2003
The curator of ship models at the David Taylor Model Basin in Maryland refutes a recently published book that claims to prove the ship today is the same frigate completed ...

Class to Curb Crypt Corrosion

By Vice Admiral John T. Parker Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2003
John Paul Jones was held in such high esteem by the U.S. Navy that when the cornerstone for the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel was laid in 1904, construction plans included ...

Shooting Down the Kamikaze Myth

Text and Photography by James P. Delgado
June 2003
A well-known undersea explorer presents evidence—including the image at right of samurai Takezaki Suenaga before the stone wall at Hakata Bay —that the Japanese defeat of Kublai Khan’s (above) “Mongol ...

The Final Run

By Carl LaVO
June 2003
At their “final” reunion in September 2002, the surviving crewmembers of the Squalus/Sailfish bid farewell to the ship that led them from tragedy to redemption.

First Time at Sea (and Lakes)

By Paul Stillwell
June 2003
Forty years ago this spring, I went to sea for the first time, on board the destroyer escort Daniel A. Joy (DE-585). Homeported at the foot of Randolph Street in ...

In Contact

June 2003
“Salty Talk” (See T. Martin, p. 55, April 2003 Naval History) Frank R. Heath Commander Martin’s description of the causes of tides is not correct. The earth’s tides are ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
June 2003
During 1948, faced with intelligence estimates that the Soviets would have 360-2,000 submarines by the end of the 1950s, the U.S. Navy concluded it would need 250-970 specialized antisubmarine killer ...

The Very First

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
June 2003
The U.S. Navy’s most important role in World War I was to insure the safe transport of troops and war material to Europe. This was primarily an antisubmarine warfare (ASW) ...

Naval History News

June 2003
Charleston Museum to Focus on British Siege As part of a series of original exhibitions presented in association with other museums, The Charleston Museum—the oldest museum in the United States ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Lisle A. Rose, James E. Valle & Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
June 2003
The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid—America’s First World War II Victory Craig Nelson. New York: Viking, 2002. 415 pp. Photos. Maps. Index. $27.95. Reviewed by Lisle ...

Salty Talk

By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2003
Life at sea is a hard and dangerous one, and it always has been so. But like most other things in life, the minuses are pretty well balanced by the ...