Troops from USS LCI(L)-30 reach the beach in the second wave of the invasion of Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
June 2019
In this issue, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we seek out new perspectives on familiar, but highly significant, subjects.
Head-and-shoulders portrait of Rear Admiral Herbert Spencer Matthews Jr.

Patrolling for U-boats After D-Day

By Rear Admiral Herbert Spencer Matthews Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 2019
Rear Admiral H. Spencer Matthews was the first U.S. Navy former enlisted pilot to make flag rank—one of only two to have done so.
Underside starboard bow view of the clipper ship Cutty Sark at the Royal Museum, Greenwich, England
View of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia

Naval History News

June 2019
Paul Allen’s research team has discovered the wreckage of the USS Wasp (CV-7) and USS Hornet (CV-8), a new plaque honors the U.S. Naval Academy at the National D-Day Memorial, ...
The Sea Wall At the Eastern American Beach (Utah Beach) by Navy combat artist Mitchell Jamieson

D-Day, A Year Too Late?

By Vincent P. O’Hara
June 2019
It was dubbed Operation Roundup and was supposed to take place in April 1943, but after determined British resistance, it morphed into Operation Overlord and didn’t happen until June 1944.
A UH-1B of HA(L)-3 flying over PCF-40 in Vietnam

‘I Am a Sailor and a Seawolf’

By Hill Goodspeed
June 2019
It was born in the combat zone and composed of volunteers, and it was a godsend for troops in Vietnam riverine operations. Here is the story of a legendary Navy ...
Portrait of Lieutenant Commander John Murphy, U.S. Navy

A Double Turn of Misfortune

By Jonathan Parshall, Seunghun Rhie, and Anthony Tully
June 2019
Did the subsequently rebuked skipper of the submarine USS Tambor miss a golden opportunity during the Battle of Midway—or does Monday-morning quarterbacking belie the complexities faced at the time?
U.S. Army Large Tug Major Elisha K. Henson (LT-5) at the  H. Lee White Maritime Museum, Oswego, New York

One of the Very Few

By J. M. Caiella
June 2019
Fewer than 30 vessels that served in the Normandy invasion are still afloat. The U.S. Army large tug LT-5 is the last functional U.S. Army vessel that participated.
The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis Book Cover

Book Reviews

June 2019
The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis, To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire, and Wade ...
Edison Record #5078 Vernon Dalhart: The Wreck of the Shenandoah

Pieces of the Past

By Eric Mills
June 2019
When the USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) crashed in Ohio on 3 September 1925, the tragedy inspired a song—and created a moment when U.S. naval history and American folk-music trends converged.