Naval History Magazine - June 2011 Volume 25, Number 3

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In the 1930s, the Navy’s rigid-airship program peaked with the construction of enormous lighter-than-air vehicles designed to serve as the eyes of the Fleet. But when the...


  • Young Nelson in the Boreas
    By Rear Admiral Joseph F. Callo, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
    Assigned to the Caribbean and imbued with a fierce sense of duty, the future sea hero boldly defied the law-ignoring admiral, governor, and people of the West Indies.

    Captain Horatio Nelson wasn’t happy when he...

  • Picking Winners?
    By Richard B. Frank
    In early 1942, a panel of senior Navy officers compiled a secret presidential list of top flag officers. Who was selected and how they performed during World War II is almost as surprising as who was left off the list.
  • On Our Scope

    As economic hard times increasingly put the pinch on defense dollars, today’s Navy would do well to look back to the interwar years, when naval aviation weathered the Great Depression as well as a fight over its very existence. Rear...

  • Flight Line
    By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum

    The Interwar Transformation

  • Hollywood on the Flight Deck
    By Eric Mills
    The marriage of naval aviation and the silver screen was one that was made—well, in the heavens. Over the years it has produced a number of notable offspring.

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  • Ships That Were Lighter Than Air
    By Norman Polmar
    In the 1930s, the Navy’s rigid-airship program peaked with the construction of enormous lighter-than-air vehicles designed to serve as the eyes of the Fleet. But when the flying aircraft carriers crashed, so did the program...
  • The Reverend of Iwo Jima
    By Major General Jarvis D. Lynch Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    Many Marines remember a quiet Buddhist’s post-Hiroshima devotion to reconciliation. But private papers reveal a Japanese naval officer equally dedicated to his country’s cause in World War II.

  • Where Naval Aviation History is Manifest
    By Hill Goodspeed
    At the epicenter of present-day Sea Service flight, visitors can explore the history of Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard aviation.

  • Naval History Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the June issue of Naval History i...

  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    Fiasco in the Bay of Pigs

    Half a century ago John F. Kennedy’s brief presidential administration began. Afterward it acquired a rosy hue and was dubbed “Camelot,” named for a popular Broadway musical. As celebrated...

  • In Contact

    Lingering Question Answered

    Dewey W. Lambdin

    In response to the article in the February 2011 issue regarding the 26 May 1954 explosion and fire on board the USS Bennington (CVA-20) (“...

  • Naval History News

    Save-the-Olympia Summit Held

    Efforts to save the historic warship Olympia, currently corroding at the waterline and along the keel in her berth at Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum, intensified with...

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    An Experiment Proves Her Mettle in War

    Shortly before Christmas of 1940, on board the heavy cruiser Tuscaloosa (CA-37), President Franklin Delano Roosevelt brooded over a missive from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill...

  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar

    Biplane Fighters in Action

  • Chilean Standoff
    By Howard J. Fuller
    The guns were loaded, and two ironclads—one American, one Spanish—faced off in a potentially deadly game of brinksmanship on the South American coast.

    In March 1866—more than 30 years before the...

  • Book Reviews

    Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders in Captivity, 1941-1945

    Gregory J. W. Urwin. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2010. 512 pp. Intro. Notes. Bib. Index. $38.95.

    Reviewed by Mark Felton

  • Museum Report
    By Robert McLaren

    Visit Baltimore's Liberty Ship and Museum


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