Navy Art Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

Pearl Harbor's Overlooked Answer

By Jonathan Parshall and J. Michael Wenger
December 2011
The element of surprise on 7 December 1941 had a key ingredient: the astoundingly rapid evolution of Japanese carrier capability.
Mary Evans Picture Library/Robert Hunt Library

A Grim December

By Jonathan Parshall
December 2011
As the bombs echoed at Pearl, Japan unleashed a Pacific onslaught from the Philippines to Malaya.
Jim Laurier Aviation Art (

Redemption at the Hand of the Enemy

By J. Michael Wenger
December 2011
With his checkered past and poor health, the lieutenant was hanging on to a Navy career by his fingernails. That all changed, however, when the Japanese attacked the Pacific Fleet.

A Lady in White

By Robert J. Cressman
December 2011
Captain Erik G. Hakansson, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy, stood on the deck of the hospital ship Solace (AH-5) with a movie camera as the morning watch began on Sunday, 7 ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Flight Line

By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum
December 2011
The First Century’s Final Decades As the aircraft carrier Nimitz (CVN-68) plowed through the waters of the Gulf of Sidra on 19 August 1981, her crew and their shipmates throughout ...
Navy Art Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

Red River Fiasco

By Noah Andre Trudeau
December 2011
It's not that David Dixon Porter took a knife to a gunfight in 1864—but that he took his heaviest warships to a river fight.