July 2012
John J. Domagalski, a native of Chicago, is the author of Lost at Guadalcanal: The Final Battles of the Astoria and Chicago as Described by Survivors in Official Reports ...
National Archives

On Our Scope

July 2012
While planning this issue’s package of articles commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal, it occurred to me that Naval History has pretty well covered the big picture—the ...
Navy Medical Department (Hugh Doyle)

The End of a Nation

By Paul Stillwell
July 2012
Although it doesn’t appear in statute books, one particular law has wide application nonetheless: the law of unintended consequences. Forty years ago this summer, the phenomenon known as “Watergate” was ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

In Contact

July 2012
Overlooked Cause of WarJohn PaulyRegarding your June package of articles about the War of 1812, I’d like to point out an overlooked incident that helped push the United ...
Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History News

July 2012
Brown, Naval Academy Barrier-Breaking Pioneer, Passes AwayRetired Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown, the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, died on 22 May at the age of ...
J.M. Caiella

Historic Aircraft - Vikings at Sea

By Norman Polmar
July 2012
After World War II, the U.S. Navy began the development of specialized carrier-based aircraft for antisubmarine warfare. Previously, standard fighters and bombers were employed for that role.The Navy’s first aircraft ...
Courtesy James McWaters, USS Yosemite Association

Historic Fleets - ‘The Busy Lady’

By Robert J. Cressman
July 2012
Eight days before Christmas 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Captain Daniel J. Callaghan, his naval aide, to suggest names for a number of authorized ships that included destroyer tenders ...
Art Collection, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia; Inset: National Archives

No Ordinary John Smith

By Robert J. Mrazek
July 2012
Soaring triumph, disillusionment, and tragedy—all are part of the story of Captain John L. Smith, flying Marine hero of Guadalcanal.
National Archives

Observations of 'the Canal'

Interview with Master Technical Sergeant James W. Hurlbut, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
July 2012
As a Marine combat correspondent, James Hurlbut was in the thick of the fray; here is Guadalcanal in his own words, taken down shortly after the battle.
National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus

The Witch's Final Fight

By Lieutenant Colonel Jay A. Stout, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
July 2012
For audacious Confederate raiders, the Union steamer Water Witch was more than just a blockade vessel; she was a prize ripe for the plucking.
Courtesy the Author

At Sea in the Great War

By Commander Stephen W. Surko, U.S. Navy (Retired)
July 2012
The first draft of history, courtesy of a World War I Coast Guardsman’s photos and letters to his family.

Book Reviews

July 2012
Utmost Gallantry: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812Kevin D. McCranie. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2011. 365 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bibliog. Index ...
U.S. Marine Corps

Museum Report

By Kevin M. Hymel
July 2012
Respecting Marines and Prehistory on Parris IslandMen who enlist in the Marine Corps east of the Mississippi River and all women joining the Corps must first report to the Marine ...

Naval History Digital Edition

July 2012
A digital edition of the August issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a link to the online magazine and ...
Naval History and Heritage Command

The Monitor Boys

By John V. Quarstein
July 2012
First-class Fireman John Driscoll was just one of the hundred-odd sailors who served on board the Monitor during her brief life. Referring to themselves as “the Monitor Boys,” the men ...