Naval History Magazine - February 2009 Volume 23, Number 1

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The mere presence of the frigate USS Constellation kept British ships distracted—and mostly in check—in the Chesapeake Bay and the approaches to Norfolk,...


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


    One of the best things about working on Naval History is that with each issue we editors get to indulge our love of history. For us, every article is a learning adventure that begins with a story manuscript and usually...

  • A-7 Punch Out over Laos
    By Harry Hoffman
    The strike mission began going bad for the Navy lieutenant when the plane ahead of his A-7 Corsair II came off-target with hung ordnance and he started getting "that old feeling." Sure enough, he soon found himself...
  • Flying the Early-Early
    By Lieutenant Colonel James L. Cooper, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
    Launched from a solitary aircraft carrier off the west coast of Korea, a flight of four Corsairs set off in the predawn darkness on a strike against enemy targets.

  • Bonded in Battle
    By Earl Rickard
    Letters two World War I Navy aviators wrote home convey the excitement and hardships each enjoyed and endured as well as the close calls they experienced flying together over the Western Front.
  • Letters to Iwo Jima
    By Alan P. Rems
    "Undazzled by brass, the American public regarded a general at the front almost as a member of the family, to be praised, criticized, and appealed to for help in time of trouble. . . . The men and women who wrote those letters...
  • Marine Corps Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, 1913-2008 (web exclusive)
    Chas Henry


    The U. S. Naval Institute mourns the passing of Navy Cross recipient, strategic visionary and Naval Institute member Victor H. Krulak. Lieutenant General Krulak died in his sleep on the evening of...

  • Photo Gallery - 3d Marine Division on Iwo Jima

    Please see our Web Exclusive Photo Gallery of 3d Marine Division on Iwo Jima photographs as well as...

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  • Looking Back
    Paul Stillwell

     A Smashing Breakthrough

  • In Contact

    'Battle for Tarawa'

    (See J. H. Alexander, pp. 10-35, December 2008 Naval History)

    Murray L. Dear

  • Naval History News

    The French Did It

    The string of theories explaining the sinking of Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose on 19 July 1545 has grown by one. According to a new academic study, she was sunk by a French cannonball and buried by political...

  • Historic Fleets
    Robert J. Cressman


  • Historic Aircraft
    Norman Polmar

    The Navy's "Heavies"

    When the subject of big naval aircraft is raised, one usually thinks of the A3D Skywarrior, the largest aircraft to regularly operate from aircraft carriers, or the giant JRM-series Mars flying boats or the...

  • Raphael Semmes' Long Flight Home
    By Captain John A. Rodgaard, U.S. Navy Reserve
    After dodging Japanese Zero floatplanes, a Navy aviator with a famous name turned his SOC Seagull eastward and set out on a daring two-day flight over the cold North Pacific and rocky Aleutian Islands.
  • One-Ship Fleet-in-Being
    By John D. Barnard
    The mere presence of the frigate USS Constellation kept British ships distracted—and mostly in check—in the Chesapeake Bay and the approaches to Norfolk, Virginia, during the War of 1812.

    The United...

  • The Commodore's Fateful Command
    By R. L. Taylor
    A high-seas collision between 45,000 tons of steel moving at 15 knots and 2,900 tons travelling at 27 knots can't be good. A witness provides a first-person look at the event and its aftermath.

    The plan for Sunday, 6 May...

  • America's Amazon Adventure
    By Andrew C. A. Jampoler
    Three U.S. naval officers had designs on scouting out the untamed Amazon River basin, but ultimately not for the scientific reasons they were advertising. Two set out on a bold expedition to explore the region in 1851.
  • Book Reviews

    The Ice Diaries: The Untold Story of the USS Nautilus and the Cold War's Most Daring Mission

    Captain William R. Anderson, USN, with Don Keith. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2008. 384 pp. Notes. Illus. Index. $24.99.


  • Museum Report
    Colin Babb

    French-Canadian Fortress Returns to Life

  • Photo Gallery - The U.S. Navy "Over There",","Please see our Web Exclusive Photo Gallery - Photographs taken by Irving Sheely and collected by his nephew Lawr
    Web Exclusive slideshow of photographs taken by Irving Sheely and collected by his nephew Lawrence D. Sheely depicting naval aviation durning World War I.
  • Naval History Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the February issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view. The magazine image below is a...


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