Naval History Magazine - December 2010 Volume 24, Number 6


  • On Our Scope

    Like most editors, I usually spend my workday glued to my desk. So several weeks ago I jumped at the chance to head to sea on board a guided-missile destroyer. While my 24-hour “tour of duty” in the USS Mitscher (DDG-57)...

  • 70 Miles of Cold, Hard Road
    By Lieutenant Colonel Glen G. Butler, U.S. Marine Corps
    Six decades ago the 1st Marine Division battered its way to one of the most startling achievements in the history of warfare: a full-scale withdrawal that left the enemy in tatters.

  • The Snowy Battle for Hill 1304
    By Captain William J. Davis, U.S. Marine Corps
    At the head of the Funchilin Pass, the depleted 1st Battalion, 7th Marines displayed characteristic Leatherneck élan in its final fight of the Chosin campaign.


  • 'I Didn't Feel Excited a Mite'
    By Norman C. Delaney
    Stationed at the muzzle of one of the Kearsarge’s XI-inch pivot guns during the Union warship’s duel with the CSS Alabama, first loader John Bickford kept his composure and emerged from the battle a...
  • Backtracking in Brown Water
    By Rolland Kidder
    Onetime allies reunite for a pilgrimage to another time, when as comrades-in-arms in Vietnam they patrolled ‘The River’ together.

    This odyssey began 40 years ago. I was on the back of Thu Trung Van...

  • A Destroyerman's Legacy
    By Paul Stillwell
    Turned away by the Army, Sam Gravely instead enlisted in the Navy. What followed was a color-barrier-breaking climb that culminated with him becoming the first African-American to achieve flag-officer rank.

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  • Naval History Digital Edition

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

  • Looking Back

    A Marine’s Short War in France

    In the autumn of 1969, when the Naval Institute’s oral history program had just gotten started, John T. Mason Jr., the director, sat down for an interview at the Army-Navy Club in Washington...

  • In Contact

    Yard Workers at Bladensburg

    Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Naval History News

    Search Continues for Elusive Bonhomme Richard

    In the face of heavy winds and rough seas, a research team spent several days in September on the latest expedition to locate one of the holy grails of underwater archaeology...

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    A ‘Magnificent’ Frigate’s Fighting Finale

    “A magnificent ship for her period,” the noted naval strategist and historian Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan would write of the Congress, some years...

  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar

    The Flying SLUF

    The Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II was an excellent carrier-based, light attack aircraft. But its career was overshadowed by its predecessor—the remarkable Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. The A-7 served in the U.S. fleet...

  • Navies at Bay
    By Roger Dingman
    A series of interwar naval arms limitation treaties ostensibly designed to usher in an era of international peace instead helped sow the seeds of victory and defeat in the Pacific war.

    It ended nearly 75 years...

  • Outcome Never in Doubt
    By Mark Felton
    Hours after Japanese bombs and torpedoes decimated the U.S. Pacific Fleet, British and Commonwealth forces began a forlorn defense of the Pearl of the Orient.

  • The Kamikaze's Wallet
    By Randolph Bartlett with Kan Sugahara
    Amid the tangled wreckage of a suicide attack on the USS Manila Bay in 1945, Sailors made a poignant discovery: the photos and personal papers of the pilot who sacrificed his life for Japan. Who was he? Here were the...
  • Book Reviews
  • Museum Report
    By Robert S. Bolia

    Japanese Maritime Self-Defense: Minesweeping and Subs


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