Naval History Magazine - October 2009 Volume 23, Number 5

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Often, history's greatest battles are the hardest to understand. That's certainly true for Leyte Gulf, which took place 65 years ago...

Historic Aircraft: The New Flying Boats

The "New" Flying Boats

During World War I-with the support of a fledgling aircraft industry-the U.S. Navy developed some...

MacArthur, FDR, and the Politics of Leyte Gulf
The seeds of the greatest naval battle of the Pacific war were not planted by U.S. Navy strategists, but rather by a larger-than-...
'Hell Broke Loose' at Leyte Gulf
The cruiser USS Birmingham paid a grievous price for her efforts to save the wounded aircraft carrier Princeton.

A Warriors Destiny
The author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors recounts the World War II naval career of Robert C. Hagen, which, after...
Returning the Last Conspirator
Nearly 20 months after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, a small Navy steam corvette received a grave if not...
'Performed All Their Duties Well'
Naval aviation was barely three years old in 1914 when it had its baptism of fire over Mexico.

Lieutenants (junior...

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Naval History Digital Edition

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Looking Back

FDR's Island Home

When driving onto Campobello Island, one passes through Lubec, Maine-the easternmost town in the United States-and...

In Contact

'Action This Day of Days'

(See C. D. Yung, pp. 20-25, June 2009...

Naval History News

American Added to Atomic Bomb Victim List

The Japanese recently added the name of a U.S. Navy pilot to the roll of atomic bomb victims at...

Historic Fleets

Triage at Sea

The smallest things are often the most easily overlooked. That also applies to some of the most diminutive surface ships,...

Light on the Horizon
On a dark Mediterranean night in 1943, a submariner's indiscretion saved his own life as well as the lives of his crewmates....
Left High and Dry by a Tsunami


Tsunami narratives seldom mention the results of a sizeable vessel's encounter with one of the seismic sea waves. Among the U.S....

An Aviation Giant's Days at the Academy
Before he became one of history's most famous aircraft designers, Donald W. Douglas was a studious U.S. Naval Academy midshipman...
Museum Report

Ghost of Pearl Harbor

Housed in a most unusual museum in one of East Tennessee's historic mountain towns is a significant record and...

Book Reviews

Battle of Surigao Strait

Anthony P. Tully. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2009. 352 pp. Maps. Appen. Notes. Bib....


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