Naval History Magazine - June 2010 Volume 24, Number 3

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Intended to offset a Soviet scientific coup in outer space, the secret undersea mission of a huge American submarine was fraught with difficulty and several near failures.




  • Contributors

    Navy Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong is an active duty naval aviator who has served tours as a search-and-rescue and special-warfare pilot and as an advanced helicopter flight instructor....

  • The Navy's Biggest Betrayal
    By John Prados
    Twenty-five years ago the FBI finally shut off the biggest espionage leak in U.S. Navy history when it arrested former senior warrant officer John A. Walker.
  • Leathernecks in Korea
    By Charles P. Neimeyer

    After scrambling to assemble a fighting force, the Marines Corps battled with characteristic élan in a conflict that had more than its share of ups and downs.

  • The Cold War's First Conflict
    By Edward J. Marolda
    With virtually no combatants to battle at sea, the U.S. Navy found itself waging a different sort of war when the Korean conflict broke out 60 years ago...
  • From River Pirate to Ming Emperor
    By Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy
    At the epic Battle of Lake Poyang, the intrepid Zhu Yuanzhang turned the tide of Chinese history and set a course for a dynasty that would span three centuries.

    China has long been regarded as a country of little naval...

  • On Our Scope

    As we move further into the 21st century, the Cold War, a conflict that colored world affairs for almost half the last century, is due for a recollective renaissance. Best-selling books, blockbuster movies, and celebrated miniseries are proof of...

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  • Recollections of President Truman's Navigator
    By Captain Robert C Peniston, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A young naval officer's assignment on board the USS Williamsburg resulted in a lifelong acquaintanceship with the...
  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    Korean Surprise

    Sixty years ago this summer, the United States was figuratively caught with its pants down on the other side of the world. What we have come to know as the Korean War began on 25 June 1950, when six North Korean infantry...

  • Museum Report
    By James J. Joyce

    Birthplace of the Flying Boat

    In New York's Finger Lakes region, Hammondsport sits at the southern end of Keuka Lake. It is home to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, which is within walking distance of the aviation pioneer's...

  • Book Reviews

    Young Nelsons: Boy Sailors during the Napoleonic Wars

    D. A. B. Ronald. Foreword by Alexander Kent. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2009. 304 pp. Illus. $25.95.

    Reviewed by Roy Adkins

  • American Thunder Childs
    By Lieutenant Commander Claude G. Berube, U.S. Naval Reserve
    Amid all the technological advancements of the 19th century, the prolonged effort to wed steam power to ram ships proved to be a wrong turn...
  • Incredible Voyage
    By Carl LaVO
    Intended to offset a Soviet scientific coup in outer space, the secret undersea mission of a huge American submarine was fraught with difficulty and several near failures.

    Submarine commander Edward L. "Ned"...

  • The Giretsu Attack
    By Claude R. "Red" Canup and Linda Canup Keaton-Lima

    Okinawa Dispatches

    Marines in an airfield control tower got a shock when a plane loaded with Japanese commandos made a belly landing and the raiders began blowing up U.S. aircraft.
  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar

    Lockheed's Twin-Tails

    Lockheed twin-engine, twin-tail passenger aircraft were familiar sights at American and foreign airports during the 1930s. The most famous, which was featured prominently in movie newsreel and magazine photos, was...

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    One Last Time

  • Naval History News

    Mystery Surrounds Theft of Pirate Skull

    The skull of a medieval pirate was recently stolen from a German museum, and investigators continue to grapple with the mystery.

  • Naval History Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the June issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to...

  • In Contact

    A Navy Veteran's Note

    Ernest Borgnine

    Congratulations. Your crew did a wonderful job with the April 2010 issue of Naval History. How good...


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