Twenty years ago, the staff of Proceedings was pulling double duty—putting out the monthly journal as well as working on the premier issue of Naval History. Ever since its own first issue in 1874, Proceedings has published history articles, and by the mid-1980s it had accumulated a considerable story bank of accepted but as-yet-unpublished manuscripts. The new magazine was aimed at quenching the thirst of readers who craved more Sea Service history, as well as easing the article backlog.
And that inaugural issue of Naval History—the only one published in 1987—was a keeper. Measuring in at a hefty 96 pages, it featured articles by renowned military historian John Keegan ("Why Are Britain's Great Naval Historians Americans?"); Edward Marolda, the current senior historian at the Naval Historical Center ("The War in Vietnam's Shallows"); and naval historian and educator Spencer C. Tucker ("Shot to Shrapnel — and Back").
On Our Scope
By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief