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Contributors

April 2010
Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), serves as chief historian on the exhibit design team for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He has published six books, ...
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Book Reviews

By Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
April 2010
Reflections on the Literature and Lives that Inspired HBO's New World War II Miniseries. The best way to create a Pacific-war version of the award-winning television series Band of Brothers ...

The Marine's Marine

By Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
April 2010
Colonel Jon T. Hoffman describes the illustrious career of Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller.

No Pacific Paradise

By Richard B. Frank
April 2010
Richard B. Frank dispels any notions of enticing South Pacific "rest areas" when he describes the bleak conditions at Pavuvu.

'The Japs Kept Charging'

By Platoon Sergeant John Basilone, USMC
April 2010
An interview with Platoon Sergeant John Basilone of 1st Marine Division, after the Battle of Henderson Field where he earned the Medal of Honor.

The Link Between Leckie and Sledge

By Richard B. Frank
April 2010
Richard B. Frank tells the story of Sydney Phillips, a member of 1st Marine Division in World War II, how be came to enlist, his experiences during the war, and ...

The Melbourne Interlude

By Richard B. Frank
April 2010
Following the battle at Guadalcanal, General Vandegrift sent scouts to find a place where the 1st Marine Division could go to recover and unwind, and further their training and preparedness.

Naval History Digital Edition

April 2010
A digital edition of the April issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a link to the online magazine and ...
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An Overdue Pacific War Perspective

By Richard B. Frank
April 2010
The HBO miniseries "The Pacific" provides a much-needed and refreshing look at the Pacific Theater of World War II. It takes an in-depth look at the events that transpired leading ...
Peter Isotalo

Museum Report

By Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2010
Preserved, But For How Long? Three museums celebrate Sweden's maritime heritage. Two are in Stockholm, and the third, the Naval Museum, is in Karlskrona on the south coast, famous as ...
U.S. Navy

Historic Aircraft

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
April 2010
Elmer Fudd's Flying Cousin Late in World War II, the U.S. Navy began developing airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, primarily to help defeat Japanese kamikaze attacks against the Pacific Fleet. ...
Naval History & Heritage Command

Historic Fleets

By Robert J. Cressman
April 2010
That So Small a Vessel . . . As British colors snapped in the wind at the main above him, 23-year-old U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andrew Sterett inquired of the yellow-sided ...
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On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
April 2010
Welcome to an extra-special Naval History. Like any magazine editor, I'm always on the lookout for topics that will engage, educate, and entertain readers. And that's especially true when ...
Navy Combat Art Collection, Naval History & Heritage Command

First Contact with the Enemy

By Richard B. Frank
April 2010
Richard B. Frank describes the events and highlights of the Guadalcanal campaign in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He features the 1st Marine Division led by Major General ...
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Real Marines Behind HBO's The Pacific

By Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired), Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) and Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
April 2010
A look at the biographical information of the real people behind the main characters featured in the HBO miniseries "The Pacific.",",","Y
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The Seldom-Seen Enemy

By Edward J. Drea
April 2010
Edward J. Drea explains the problems that afflicted the Japanese military in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
National Archives

The 'Old Breed' Girds for Battle

By Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
April 2010
Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) provides a history of the 1st Marine Division, starting with their inception during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
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Naval History News

April 2010
A Future After Retirement Veterans of the decommissioned destroyer Arthur W. Radford (ex-DD-968) should consider taking up scuba diving. If things go as planned, the 563-foot-long Spruance-class destroyer will ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

In Contact

April 2010
'Battleship Sailors of the Dreadnought Era' (See P. Stillwell, pp. 26-33, February 2010 Naval History) Commander James L. Barrett, U.S. Navy (Retired) While reading this interesting story I found, ...
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Looking Back

By Paul Stillwell
April 2010
Things Change Back in the 1980s, I interviewed Rear Admiral Elliott B. Strauss. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1923, retired in the 1950s, and lived to be ...