Naval History Magazine - February 2008 Volume 22, Number 1

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One would expect that Cold War "special ops" involving U.S. nuclear-powered submarines are shrouded in secrecy. Other American sub activities during that era, however, are...


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

    Streaks and Rockets in Space

    When Air Force Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager became the first American to fly faster than the speed of sound on 14 October 1947, it was an event heralded throughout much of the world....

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Trainer to Cruiser 

    Designed from the keel up as a training ship for naval cadets, the USS Bancroft was to serve as a seagoing instructional platform for seamanship, gunnery, torpedoes, and steam engineering. Yet, later as...

  • Book Reviews

    1812: War with America


    Jon Latimer. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2007. 408 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bib. Index. $35.

    Reviewed by Frederick C. Leiner

  • In Contact

    "Improving the Breed"

    (See N. Polmar, pp. 22-27, October 2007 Naval History)

    Martin A. Snyder

    Another significant event took place on the Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) in November 1946. After...

  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    The Last Diesel Boat

    Though there was little public notice at the time, the diesel-boat era ended in the U.S. Navy on 15 January 2007 with the decommissioning of the USS Dolphin (AGSS-555). The real curtain had come down a few...

  • Museum Report
    By Borden Black

    National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus

    It is 1864. Columbus, Georgia, is a bustling river port, the second largest contributor of goods to the Confederate military. The Chattahoochee River provides energy to power nearby...

  • Naval History News

    Another Turtle in the Water

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

    When I take an out-of-town trip, I always try to squeeze in at least a brief visit to a historical site—be it a museum, ship, or battlefield. Naval History readers, I suspect, try to do the same.

    To help you plan trips to...

  • The Truth About Tonkin
    By Lieutenant Commander Pat Paterson, U.S. Navy
    Questions about the Gulf of Tonkin incidents have persisted for more than 40 years. But once-classified documents and tapes released in the past several years, combined with previously uncovered facts, make clear that high...

Subscriber Only Content

  • From One-Man Submersible to High-Tech Behemoth
    By Norman Polmar
    An Illustrated History of American Submarine Development


  • Remembering a Forgotten Naval Historian
    By Harold D. Langley

  • The Sculpin's Lost Mission: A Nuclear Submarine in the Vietnam War
    By Admiral Charles R. Larson, U.S. Navy (Retired), with Captain Clinton Wright, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Paul Stillwell
    One would expect that Cold War "special ops" involving U.S. nuclear-powered submarines are shrouded in secrecy. Other American sub activities during that era, however, are also hidden, one for a very strange reason....
  • A Gentlemanly Mutiny
    By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U. S. Navy (Retired)
    A brief 13-week cruise was the prelude to perhaps the most significant blot on the otherwise stellar record of the USS Constitution. But the details of what happened on board ship will probably never be known.
  • One-Boat Wolfpack
    By Captain Charles Rush, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A junior officer on a late-1942 Java Sea patrol in the USS Thresher pays tribute to his cunning skipper and recounts, after several torpedo misfires, the submarine's attack on a Japanese transport with her 5-inch deck gun...
  • Water Ballet Off Iwo Jima
    By Baxter Abbott Sparks
    Two days before the Marines landed on Iwo Jima, Ensign Joe Artman and other Underwater Demolition Team "frogmen" performed an elaborate daylight reconnaissance of the island's shoreline amid a torrent of gun and...
  • Last Visit with My Father
    By Leighton C. Wood
    The final times the author saw his father were memorable. In August 1942, the senior Leighton Wood, skipper of the USS Montpelier, visited his son's PT boat in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Six months later and half a world away...


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