On Our Scope

By Fred L. Schultz, Editor-in-Chief
June 2005
The old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words is especially true when it comes to catching the eye of a potential book (and magazine, for that matter) ...

You’ve Got V-Mail

By Thomas Wildenberg
June 2005
To World War II servicemen, an innovative process of transferring letters to microfilm for transport and reprinting them later was “the next best thing to leave.”

U.S. Navy Owes T.B.M. Mason

By Commander Randy C. Balano, U.S. Naval Reserve
June 2005
In the late 19th century, transformation was the only alternative, because the existing Navy virtually was impotent; one officer especially led the way.

Depth Charges, Rods, and Spuds!

By Glenn M. Hardin and James W. Grace
June 2005
Not all the facts make their way into the official reports on naval battles. A case in point is the U.S. destroyer O’Bannon (DD-450), whose energetic crew provided a little ...

Bob Larkin Artist of War

By Dwight Jon Zimmerman
June 2005
Never judge a book by its cover” is perhaps the most ignored admonishment this side of a mother’s injunction to “be careful.” But books are judged by their covers. And ...

Thirty Years After

By Paul Stillwell
June 2005
In spring 1975, little more than two years after North Vietnam released its prisoners of war, the small remaining U.S. presence in South Vietnam came crashing down. The images from ...

In Contact

June 2005
“What Motivated the Kamikazes?” (See G. M. Hayden, pp. 22-24, April 2005 Naval History) Thomas J. Nash This article was fascinating and well done with a significant exception. Ms. Hayden ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
June 2005
On 15 January 1931, the luxury yacht Aras was delivered for $700,000 to pulp and paper magnate Hugh J. Chisholm by Bath Iron Works. Powered by two 1,100- brake-horsepower Winton ...

The Navy’s Liberator

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
June 2005
One of the most capable and versatile aircraft of World War II also had the distinction of being produced in greater numbers than any other aircraft in U.S. history. The ...

Naval History News

June 2005
Naval Aviation Monument Construction Begins In 1997, the Hampton Roads Squadron of the Association of Naval Aviation (ANA) began a major project to design and build a monument to naval ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Erik Svane & Captain Erich M. Fellenz, U.S. Army
June 2005
The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815 N.A.M. Rodger. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005. 907 pp. Illus. Appens. Maps. Notes. Index. $ 45. Reviewed by Erik ...