Naval History Magazine - December 2007 Volume 21, Number 6

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To win congressional support for new battleship construction Theodore Roosevelt set out to garner public support in spectacular fashion. He would stage grand naval...



  • The Marines' Written Record
    By Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    The Making of Marines—Then and Now

    When Colonel John Ripley speaks, his words paint pictures in a listener's mind. Ripley is also a man who has thoroughly absorbed the ethos of the Marine Corps. His career included Navy Cross...

  • In Contact

    "Flying in the Cactus Air Force"

    (See R. E. Galer, pp. 30-31, August 2007 Naval History)

    Captain Elton N. Thompson, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    The picture of the Marine aces on page 31 reminded me of...

  • Naval History News

    Help Solve a Mystery

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Star-Crossed Sisters

  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet<p>

    A Very Able Mariner

    The Martin PBM Mariner—the world's largest twin-engine flying boat—was noted for its range, bomb load, ruggedness, and seaworthiness. This graceful aircraft succeeded the PBY Catalina as the U.S. Navy's...

  • Book Reviews

    Inferno: The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the USS Franklin in World War II

    Joseph A. Springer. St. Paul, MN: Zenith Press, 2007. 320 pp. Illus. Index. $24.95.
    Reviewed by Commander Joseph Leonard, U.S Navy...

  • Museum Report
    By Kevin M. Hymel

    Hands-on History of the Navy

    The U.S. Navy's oldest museum—the Navy Museum at the Washington (D.C.) Navy Yard—makes experiencing the history of the service from its origins through the Korean War a hands-on experience....

Subscriber Only Content

  • TR's Use of PR to Strengthen the Navy
    By Lori Lyn Bogle

    To win congressional support for new battleship construction Theodore Roosevelt set out to garner public support in spectacular fashion. He would stage grand naval demonstrations—including the Great White Fleet's cruise...

  • 'You Were Most Deceitful'
    By Master Chief Communications Technician Thomas H. Helvig, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    During the closing weeks of the Pacific war, Lieutenant Lea Booth and the rest of Admiral William Halsey's Dirty Tricks Department faced a daunting task: fool the enemy into thinking that an invasion of southern...

  • On Our Scope
    By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief

  • Americans at War
    By Fred Schultz

    As many of you know—especially members of the U.S. Naval Institute who received a sample DVD last summer—the Institute is now on television. Our series, titled Americans at War, consists of 90-second high-definition...

  • An Artist's Lifelong Project
    By Vincent P. Scott
    The jewel of the Mariners' Museum's vast nautical collection is a fleet of intricately carved miniature ships that August Crabtree dedicated his life to crafting and interpreting.


  • The Rebirth of the Fleet
    By James R. Reckner
    In many respects a new naval force came of age during the world cruise of the Great White Fleet. Not only did the ships and men pass a 14-month test and gain new-found efficiency, but America also gained confidence in their...
  • Who Was Henry Eckford?
    By Andrew C. A. Jampoler
    One Scotsman's contributions to the construction of fighting ships in the War of 1812 and through the next decade were so substantial that today the North Ayrshire town council proudly identifies him as "the father of the U.S...
  • Mom Remembers Pearl Harbor
    By Randolf Bartlett
    For a Navy wife living in Honolulu on 7 December 1941, the Pearl Harbor attack and its aftermath was a time of disbeliedf, fear, and concern for her husband's safety.


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