Naval History Magazine - June 2009 Volume 23, Number 3

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  • 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...

  • The Planners' Daunting Task
    By Christopher D. Yung

    How best to transport, land, support, and supply the troops that would invade Normandy on D-Day? Finding all the answers took Royal Navy and U.S. Navy commanders years and resulted in one of the most complex naval plans ever...

  • Action This Day of Days
    By Christopher D. Yung
    After a successful night crossing, Allied warships unleashed a furious bombardment as landing craft headed toward the beaches. The complex Operation Neptune plan was about to be put to the test.
  • In D-Day's Wake
    By Christopher D. Yung
    During the weeks after the 6 June 1944 Normandy invasion, Operation Neptune's naval forces faced a monumental task: quickly land an ever-increasing supply of soldiers, supplies, and vehicles as the Allied armies fought to expand...
  • 'I Passed by Philadelphia with Two Boats'
    By Tim McGrath
    Temporarily between ship assignments, one of America's earliest naval heroes used skill and innovation in the littorals of the Delaware River to provide relief for General George Washington and his troops at Valley Forge.


  • Marines Fighting Marines: The Battle of Drewry's Bluff
    By Gerald S. Henig
    A bloody Civil War clash between Union Navy ships and Confederates defending a promontory overlooking Virginia's James River was the only time in history when U.S. Marines tangled directly with former Marines.


Subscriber Only Content

  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    Ocean Stations Saved Lives

  • In Contact

    'Letters to Iwo Jima'

    (See A. P. Rems, pp. 44-51, February 2009 Naval History)

    Colonel Charles A. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman


    In his official report on D-Day and the loss of his ship, the USS Corry (DD-463), Lieutenant Commander George D. Hoffman wrote: "It was believed for a long time that the cause of the fatal damage of the ship was a...

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

    A Successful Runner-Up

    The Glenn L. Martin Company's P4M Mercator ranked behind the Lockheed P2V Neptune as a maritime patrol aircraft.1 Still, the Mercator had a successful, decade-long career as a U....

  • The Underwater Navy at Normandy
    By Robert S. Neyland
    The head of the U.S. Navy's Underwater Archaeology Branch takes us to the depths of the English Channel, graveyard of vessels sunk during Operation Neptune 65 years ago.
  • Monument to Sacrifice Strengthens Friendship
    By Commander Dan Felger, U.S. Navy (Retired)


    While Franco-American relations may occasionally seem tepid, the latest monument on the Normandy invasion beaches is promoting fraternité...

  • Lost in the Sky Found in the Sea
    By David S. Pierson
    When the Air Force couldn't find a hydrogen bomb it lost over Spain, the Navy was called in to search for it on the bottom of the Mediterranean.
  • Naval History News

    More Discoveries

    The list of significant sunken warship finds has increased by at least two in recent months. HMS Victory, predecessor of the ship that fought under Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson at Trafalgar, has been located...

  • Book Reviews

    Lincoln and His Admirals

    Craig L. Symonds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 430 pp. Illus. Index. $27.95.

    Reviewed by Noah Andre Trudeau

  • Museum Report
    By J. M. Caiella

    An Unlikely Location

    Why would a sign at the limits of a sleepy upstate New York hamlet on the eastern edge of the Adirondack Mountains claim the village as the "Birthplace of the U.S. Navy"? This must be a familiar thought for...

  • Naval History Digital Edition

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


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