Naval History Magazine - August 2009 Volume 23, Number 4

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  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    Fahey's Legacy

  • On Our Scope


  • 'Children of the Storm' Life at Sea in the First Six Frigates
    By Charles E. Brodine Jr.
    Some of the most famous ships in U.S. Navy history were its earliest frigates. But while many of their exploits are legendary, the experiences of the men who sailed in the powerful vessels are often overlooked.
  • Death on the River
    By Noah Andre Trudeau
    Overshadowed by bigger headlines in April 1865, the explosion of the Mississippi riverboat Sultana claimed the lives of more than 1,800 recently freed Union POWs.
  • Nothing Like First-Hand History
    By Paul Stillwell
    The U.S. Naval Institute Oral History program commemorates its 40th anniversary.
  • What Went Wrong at Koro?
    By William H. Bartsch
    In late July 1942, U.S. Navy and Marine forces gathered off the Fiji island of Koro to practice landings that would open America's first major offensive of World War II. Fortunately for the Sea Services, the actual landings on and...
  • Naval History News


    Retrieving Lost Honor at Tarawa

    Sixty-six years ago, Leon Cooper was a 22-year-old Navy ensign dodging bombs and bullets as hundreds of Marines died around him while they struggled to establish a beachhead. If there's one...

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  • Naval History Digital Edition

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

  • In Contact
  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    The Oldest Submarine at Midway

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

    Big Brother is Flying

  • The Butcher's Bill
    By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A surgeon on board "Old Ironsides" in 1812 graphically recorded what he saw as he attended to the ship's wounded following her battle against HMS Guerriere.
  • Getting the Feel of Frigate Sailor Life
    By Sarah H. Watkins
    A new exhibit at the USS Constitution Museum offers visitors the chance to furl a sail or holystone a deck.
  • Ship to Stateside in a Dozen Days
    By Commander Edward P. Stafford, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A much-anticipated trip home from the Mediterranean war zone in 1943 was a bit more arduous than the author expected.
  • Lessons Unlearned: The Camarioca Boatlift
    By Senior Chief Marine Science Technician Dennis L. Noble, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)<p>
    Fifteen years before 1980's Mariel Boatlift, the U.S. Coast Guard faced a humanitarian crisis in the Florida Straits when Fidel Castro allowed Cubans to leave the country, provided civilian boats could come pick them up. 
  • Complementary Keys to Naval Victory
    By Heidi Holz
    During the late 16th century, Korea relied on a tactical genius—...
  • Book Reviews

    The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel's Deadly 1967 Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship

    James Scott. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009. 374 pp. Illus. Index. $26.

    Reviewed by Edward J. Drea

  • Museum Report
    By William S. Dudley

    The First Gallery

    For those who enjoy the ultimate in the art of building ship models, a visit to the new model exhibit at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum is a must. The museum has been closed for redesign and renovations since 2007 and...


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