On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
February 2006
Tin cans, greyhounds, or destroyers—by whatever name, these fast, deadly ships are among the most fascinating vessels in U.S. Navy history. In this issue, we highlight aspects of their service ...


By John Steinbeck
February 2006
Four years after he wrote The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck was far from his native Monterey Bay, California, the setting for many of his works. He was on board ...

Indispensable in Every Operation

By David W. McComb
February 2006
Conceived more than a century ago as defenders of the battle line, U.S. destroyers have evolved in response to changing needs and emerging technologies into the versatile workhorses of the ...

A Tin Can’s ‘Habitability’

By Rear Admiral Jackson K. Parker, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2006
Jackson Parker began his naval career at an early age, leaving his Rocky Mount, North Carolina, home and enlisting at 16 in January 1942. He was one of the few ...

Five Iranian Fishermen

By H. Robert Bailey
February 2006
The USS Vincennes is inextricably linked to her tragic shoot down of an Iranian civilian jet in 1988. But in a little-known incident several weeks later, the cruiser and the ...

A Dictionary of Warships

By Paul Stillwell
February 2006
During my Naval Reserve days, I was fortunate to have a variety of annual training duty periods, some more interesting than others. The ones on board ships were always satisfying ...

In Contact

February 2006
“The Great War Crucible” (See E. H. Simmons, pp. 16-23, December 2005 Naval History) John Pauly In regard to General Simmons’ statement in his “The Great War Crucible” (p. 19) ...

Naval History News

February 2006
The Cat, Alas, is Not Perhaps the most persistent of legends regarding the USS Monitor is that of the ship’s screeching cat being stuffed into the muzzle of one of ...

Historic Fleets

By A. D. Baker III
February 2006
Submariners think of the low-noise pump-jet propulsors being fitted in place of propellers on the new Virginia (SSN-774) class nuclear-powered attack submarines as a recent technology, but the first U.S ...

The Flying Furies

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
February 2006
During World War II the U.S. Navy initiated a major effort to develop jet- propelled fighters for carrier operation. Three all-jet prototypes were ordered during the war: the McDonnell XFD-1 ...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Don Walsh, Frederick C. Leiner & Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U. S. Navy (Retired)
February 2006
The Unknown Battle of Midway Alvin Kernan. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005. 175 pp. Illus. Bib. $26.00. Reviewed by Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) The ...