Midshipmen Fourth Class Joseph Lynch, Stevie Greenway, and Marc Cardwell (left to right) study the U.S. Naval Academy’s Midway Monument.

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
June 2007
This issue of Naval History commemorates the 65th anniversary of one of the U.S. Navy’s most pivotal battles—Midway—with articles by a pair of historians, a naval aviation legend, and the ...
Portrait of Seaman First Class Ferdinand Meringolo, USN

In Contact

June 2007
We received two especially memorable letters from people who had read Chinese historian and researcher Yang Jing’s article in the February 2007 issue.
Marines from the Reconnaissance Company, 2d Marine Division, disembark from an HRS-1 on board the submarine Sea Lion (ASSP-315)

A Significant Whirlybird

By Norman Polmar Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
June 2007
The Sikorsky S‑55 helicopter in its many variants and markings certainly ranks as one of the most significant rotary aircraft in history.
 Crewmen repair bomb damage to the flight deck of the USS Yorktown (CV-5) on 4 June 1942 during the Battle of Midway

Why Midway Matters

By Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Mullen, U.S. Navy
June 2007
The Navy’s senior active-duty officer explains why the courage and sacrifice of the Battle of Midway’s Sailors are still relevant.
USS Owen (DD-536) making a smoke screen during an exercise

Courage in a Hostile Place

By Gerard B. Palmer
June 2007
Although the Korean War was winding down in May 1953, a U.S. destroyer crew learned first hand that the waters of Wonsan Harbor were still contested.
Erick Marshall Murray’s painting "Queen of the Fleet"

Will the Navy Unshackle Old Ironsides?

By Captain Christopher Allan Melhuish, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2007
With the War of 1812 bicentennial quickly approaching is it time to reconsider allowing the USS Constitution to venture from Boston Harbor?
Portrait of “Johnny the Hard” Hughes inset over a painting of the Battle of Belleau Wood

The Spirited Saga of ‘Johnny the Hard’

By Lieutenant Colonel Merrill L. Bartlett, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
June 2007
A legendary officer in the early 20th-century Marine Corps, John A. Hughes was feared for his mercurial temper but respected for his dauntless courage.
Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin Book Cover

Book Reviews

June 2007
Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin Neal Bascomb. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007. 384 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $26. Reviewed by Rear Admiral Thomas F. Marfiak, ...