On Our Scope

By Fred L. Schultz Editor-in-Chief
February 2004
Obviously, the lifeblood of any book and magazine publisher is its authors, and the U.S. Naval Institute, the parent organization of Naval History, is no exception. In this issue, we ...

FDR's Undeclared War

By Jerome M. O'Connor
February 2004
Throughout 1941, long before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy is at a high state of readiness in the Atlantic, secretly searching for German and Italian warships.

Doomed from the Start

By Alan and Adam Guggenheim
February 2004
An overcrowded ship carrying nearly 800 Jewish refugees from Nazi-dominated Romania goes down in the Black Sea with all hands—except one man who exposes the hypocrisy of Turkish and British ...

Memories of Khe Sanh

By Colonel R. D. Camp Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
February 2004
Sacrifice and valor emerged from the bunkers and trenches dug by the U.S. Marines during the three-month North Vietnamese siege of the Khe Sanh combat base in 1968.

Politically Incorrect but Militarily Correct

By Lieutenant Colonel Merrill L. Bartlett, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
February 2004
In what some longingly refer to as “The Old Corps,” wayward behavior was often dismissed as a trait of a battle-ready Marine. Here, a military historian presents a few celebrated ...

Archaeologist Turns Spy

By Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler
February 2004
Who would expect the leader of a team of archaeologists, working among Mayan ruins in Central America in 1917, to be an agent for the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence ...

Japan—Changed but Unchanging

By Paul Stillwell 
February 2004
Recently I saw the movie Lost in Translation. Bill Murray plays a middle-aged movie star in Tokyo set to appear in a whiskey ad; Scarlett Johannson is a young woman ...

In Contact

February 2004
“Constellation: Oldest Warship” (See G. Footner, pp. 39-41, October 2002; E. Aho, pp. 8, 18, February 2003; B. Hubinger, pp. 8, 16, N. Plummer, p. 16, April 2003; G. Footner ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
February 2004
The 475-foot-long, 56-foot-beam USS Neches (AO-5) was one of only six entirely Navy- designed oilers built prior to the 1950s. Authorized by Congress in July 1918, she was laid down ...

The Bantam-Weight Champion

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
February 2004
Possibly the world’s most versatile and widely flown nuclear strike aircraft, the Douglas A4D Skyhawk was also the smallest. Designed to carry a single nuclear bomb against targets in the ...

Naval History News

February 2004
Search for Union Sub Is Under Way The Navy &. Marine Living History Association (NMLHA) is a participant in a project to locate and uncover the secrets of the Union ...

Salty Talk

By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy
February 2004
We all are well aware that these days our government goes to great lengths to recompense those who have served in the military, be it directly with retired pay or ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired), Dr. Herman J. Viola, Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired), & Thomas B. Allen
February 2004
All the Factors of Victory: Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves and the Origins of Carrier Airpower Thomas Wildenberg. Washington, DC: Brassey’s, 2003. 326 pp. Photos. Bib. Index. $27.50. Reviewed by Vice ...