Naval History Magazine - December 2008 Volume 22, Number 6

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Four Ships Named Sterett

Just as the sun was setting on a balmy August Saturday evening in Baltimore, Sailors at the stern of the guided-missile destroyer Sterett (DDG-104)...



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


    Naval History's readers continually fill our mailbox with superb unsolicited articles. Nevertheless, I occasionally must ask historians to write stories for us on particular topics, and in some cases—such as this...

  • A Bloody Proving Ground
    By Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    The first step in the American advance across the Central Pacific, Operation Galvanic would pit the Marine Corps' untried amphibious doctrine against a well-prepared enemy.
  • Across the Reef: The Assault on Betio
    By Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    Despite abysmal conditions and mistakes in execution, the 2d Marine Division wrested control of Tarawa Atoll's key island in 76 hours of vicious fighting.
  • An Enduring Legacy
    By Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    The costly triumph at Tarawa validated the doctrine of amphibious warfare while reinforcing the Marine Corps' reputation for heroism and ingenuity.

    Tarawa will long be remembered for the valor of the Americans and Japanese...

  • 'What War Was Like'
    An Interview with Major Norman Hatch, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

    A Marine combat cameraman for the Academy Award-winning documentary, With the Marines at Tarawa, takes us back 65 years, across Red Beach Three, and into the thick of some of the heaviest combat in World War II. He spoke recently from his...

  • A Dozen Navy Classics
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Want to experience U.S. Navy history? The following 12 books will take you from the humdrum but comical life on board the USS Reluctant to the heroic actions of American destroyers during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

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  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    Four Ships Named Sterett

    Just as the sun was setting on a balmy August Saturday evening in Baltimore, Sailors at the stern of the guided-missile destroyer Sterett (DDG-104) raised the American flag to signify her status as a...

  • In Contact

    "Out-Sputniking' the Soviets"

    (See C. LaVO, pp. 48-51, August 2008 Naval History)

    Randolph Bartlett

    Carl LaVO's article about the USS...

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

    The Last of the Floatplanes

    While it's dangerous to cite an aircraft as being the "first" or "last," one is safe in describing the Curtiss SC Seahawk as the U.S. Navy's last operational floatplane. Significantly, the...

  • 'Nowhere to go but Down'
    By Donald A. Green
    The world turns upside down in an eyewitness account by a 22-year-old seaman first class on board the USS Utah during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • A Naval Militiaman's Battleship Adventure
    By Commander Bolice Paul Fernety, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    In 1916, the author, then a member of the Florida Naval Militia, got a chance to experience the real Navy during a summer cruise on board the battleship Louisiana.
  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    A Fine Little Vessel

    Industrialist John N. Willys' yacht Isabel was on the ways at Bath (Maine) Iron Works when she attracted the Navy's attention as America entered World War I. Captain Ashley H. Robertson of the Boston Navy Yard deemed...

  • Naval History News

    Navy D-Day Monument Dedicated

    After more than 64 years and a half million dollars, on 27 September the U.S. Navy finally dedicated a monument that pays proper tribute to the service's vital yet generally unheralded role at the beginning...

  • Book Reviews

    The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History

    Major General Fred Haynes, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), and James A. Warren. New York: Henry Holt, 2008. 288 pp. Illus. App....

  • Museum Report
    By Kay Nishimura

    A Super Battleship's Hometown Museum

    The city of Kure, with a population approaching 250,000, has a beautiful natural harbor on Japan's Seto Inland Sea, about 25 minutes southeast of Hiroshima by train. Well known as a naval center, the...


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