Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

Looking Back

By Paul Stillwell
August 2008
As we look back 40 years, books and documentaries tell us that 1968 was one of the most divisive years in the United States in the 20th century. Anniversaries of ...
Courtesy of the Davis family

On Our Scope

Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
August 2008
In this issue of Naval History we're commemorating the anniversaries of two significant events in U.S. Navy history—the first a voyage that made world headlines 50 years ago, and the ...

In Contact

August 2008
'The Atlantic Campaign' (See pp. 12-36, June 2008 Naval History) Rear Admiral Norman C. Venzke, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) • Congratulations on this issue. I read all the articles ...

Naval History News

August 2008
Found After 66 Years The wreck of the missing Royal Australian Navy light cruiser HMAS Sydney II has been discovered barely 12 nautical miles from the remains of the German ...

Historic Fleets

By Robert J. Cressman
August 2008
"Service to other vessels," the USS Medusa's commanding officer asserted in 1939, "is the only justification for [this ship's] existence." History validates the assertion because the Medusa was the ...

Historic Aircraft

By Norman Polmar Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
August 2008
Edward "Ed" Heinemann must be recognized as history's outstanding designer of carrier-based aircraft. After participating in or directing the design of several notable models, Heinemann, in the late 1940s and ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

'Perfect in Every Respect'

By Captain Stephen F. Davis Jr., U.S. Navy
August 2008
In an August 1943 night battle that forever changed American destroyer tactics, six U.S. tin cans ambushed and decimated a Japanese force in the central Solomons Vella Gulf.
national archives

'Halsey Knows the Straight Story'

By Alan P. Rems
August 2008
In just over a year after its founding in 1942, the I Marine Amphibious Corps had five commanders, including Major General Charles D. Barrett, who died under mysterious circumstances.
nautilus under the arctic ice, courtesy of the bridgeman art gallery

'Out-Sputniking' the Soviets

By Carl LaVo
August 2008
As the United States struggled to enter the space race in 1958, the U.S. Navy won a strategic undersea race when the USS Nautilus became the first submarine to reach ...
Below left: National Archives; below: Library of Congress

Raiding Robert E. Lee's Commissary

By Chuck Veit
August 2008
In December 1864, Yankee Sailors and Soldiers swooped down on tiny Pitch Landing, North Carolina, and scored a victory against the Army of Northern Virgina besieged at Petersburg.

Book Reviews

August 2008
Midway: Dauntless Victory-Fresh Perspectives on America's Seminal Naval Victory of World War II Peter C. Smith. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen and Sword Books, Ltd., 2007. 378 pp. Illus. Appens ...

Museum Report

By Robert McLaren
August 2008
Just a short ride from the ferry on the north shore of Staten Island, New York, along the Kill Van Kull, lies the Snug Harbor Cultural Center—a collection of museums ...