Naval History and Heritage Command

A Civil War Visit by the Tsar's Navy

By Andrew C. A. Jampoler
October 2011
In 1863 the battle-fatigued United States welcomed the arrival of Russian warships—but was their mission more than a mere matter of goodwill between nations?
National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL

'Exploring the Unknowns' at Mach 2.1

Interview by Paul Stillwell
October 2011
Before he became one of the best-known POWs of the Vietnam War, William P. Lawrence was an envelope-pushing test pilot; here are his recollections of those high-flying days.
National Archives

Asian Warm-up to the Cold War

By Edward J. Marolda
October 2011
Post–World War II China witnessed a Manichean struggle between Nationalists and Reds—and the U.S. Navy was right in the middle of it.
Naval History and Heritage Command

America's Asiatic Fleet

By Captain Bernard D. Cole, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2011
In the tumultuous China of the early 20th century, the U.S. Navy was undermanned, overtasked, and strategically vital.