The Corps' Day of Destiny

By Colonel Richard D. Camp, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
June 2018
At Belleau Wood on 6 June 1918, the Marine Corps commenced fighting its first large-scale battle and sustained casualties that exceeded its total losses suffered in all previous combat.

On Our Scope

June 2018
Ask a military history buff to match 6 June with a historic event and the answer you’ll probably get is D-Day, the 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy. But ask a ...
Norman Rockwell Museum

'Lion Courage in the Face of Any Danger'

By James Carl Nelson
June 2018
Thirty years before becoming Marine Commandant, Clifton Cates earned a Navy Cross and a reputation as the Corps' luckiest man during the brutal three-week Battle of Belleau Wood.The village ...
Courtesy Paul Allen

Naval History News

June 2018
March 2018 will go down in underwater-archaeology history as a true bonanza of a month, with two iconic U.S. Navy shipwrecks from World War II discovered at last—and within two ...
U.S. Navy

Securing a Ship to a Pier

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2018
If you have ever watched a movie in which the captain of a Navy ship yells down from the bridge wing, telling his deck crew to “Cast off all lines,” ...

The Star-Crossed Somers

By J. M. Caiella
June 2018
The Somers was laid down at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in early 1842 and commissioned on 12 May. On 13 September, after a shakedown cruise that summer under Commander Alexander ...
u.s. naval aviation museum

Citizen Sailors in Naval Service

By Rear Admiral Joseph Callo, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
June 2018
The civilian warrior has had a place in the U.S. military since the days of John Paul Jones. But that place has not always been easily understood, or accepted.During ...
National Archives

Century of Replenishment at Sea

By Commander John A. Lukacs IV, U.S. Navy
June 2018
‘Underway replenishment was the U.S. Navy’s secret weapon of World War II.’ — Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, U.S. Navy Since its earliest days, the U.S. Navy has patrolled waters far ...
U.S. Navy

Education of a Destroyer Sailor

By Robert Andersen
June 2018
My Harvard College and Yale— A young man’s learning curve at sea.A year to the day after enlisting in the U.S. Navy, I flew from my native San Francisco ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Historic Aircraft - The Sikorsky Flying Boats

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
June 2018
Subsequently, in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s, Sikorsky developed a series of outstanding commercial flying boats.1 In June 1935, the U.S. Navy ordered a prototype for a ...

Book Reviews

June 2018
The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary HeroismJohn U. Bacon. New York: William Morrow, 2017. 374 pp. Map. Biblio. Notes. Index. $29.99.Reviewed by ...

Pieces of the Past

By Eric Mills
June 2018
When the ironclad CSS Virginia first steamed down the Elizabeth River on 8 March 1862, she made for a scary sight: Here was a monstrous new kind of war machine ...

A POW's Secret Diary of Captivity

By David Sears
June 2018
From the viciousness of his Japanese guards to the joy of receiving a Red Cross package, William Galbraith recorded his experiences as a prisoner of war in a shorthand diary ...

In Contact

June 2018
Remembering the PuebloCaptain Carl J. Triebes Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)I would like to express my gratitude to Lieutenant F. Carl “Skip” Schumacher for his contribution regarding the anniversary of the ...