Naval History Magazine - February 2012 Volume 26, Number 1

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The perseverance of an American ambassador to France paid off when the remains of early America’s iconic Navy hero were located in Paris, positively identified, and...


  • SEALs: 50 Years and Counting
    By Dick Couch
    In its first half century, a once little-known Navy unit has evolved into what is arguably the world’s most celebrated force of combat arms.

  • On Our Scope

    A quarter-century ago, the U.S. Naval Institute recommitted itself to one of its core missions—preserving and celebrating the history of America’s sea services—by launching Naval History. From a single issue published...

  • At War with the Army
    By Alan Rems
    Admiral Chester W. Nimitz prized healthy interservice relations. Nevertheless, major conflicts arose within his command that were not easily resolved.

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  • The Resurrection of John Paul Jones
    By Captain Patrick Grant, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The perseverance of an American ambassador to France paid off when the remains of early America’s iconic Navy hero were located in Paris, positively identified, and transported to the U.S. Naval Academy....
  • Rescue on Guam Patrol
    By Lieutenant Commander Robert Bernier, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
    For these reservists, it wasn’t the typical active-duty stint—but a desperate search for plane-wreck survivors adrift in the Pacific expanse.

    Already hot and muggy in the predawn hours of...

  • Historic Aircraft - The King of the Sea
    By Norman Polmar

    The Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King with its many progeny and variants ranks as one of aviation history’s most successful and numerous naval helicopters. Originally designated HSS-2, the aircraft was the first antisubmarine warfare (ASW)...

  • A Museum Reborn
    By William S. Dudley
    After a major overhaul, the Naval Academy Museum reopened its doors to a grateful public; now more than ever, it’s a place where U.S. naval history lives.

  • Naval History Digital Edition

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

  • Contributors

    Lieutenant Commander Robert Bernier, USNR (Ret.), served as a pilot and patrol-plane commander with VP-65 from 1979 to 1991. He finished his 35-year flying career as an international airline captain and is currently helping...

  • Looking Back - The First SPAR
    By Paul Stillwell

    For about four decades, the top ship commands for Coast Guard captains were “the big white ones,” the high-endurance cutter Hamilton (WHEC-715) and her 11 sisters. Ships of the class were named for secretaries of the...

  • In Contact

    U.S. Navy’s Multicarrier Experience

    Norman Polmar

    I take issue with the contention of Jonathan Parshall and Michael Wenger in “...

  • Naval History News

    Drake’s Final Resting Place Found?

    As befits one of the most legendary ship captains of all time, Sir Francis Drake was buried at sea. At the age of 55, after a lifetime of privateering, plundering, battling, and exploring, the...

  • Historic Fleets - ‘An Ornament to the Navy’
    By Robert J. Cressman

    By the flickering light of a globe lantern, Coal-heaver John Sutton, earning his $18 a month (as much as a ship’s cook or a coxswain), entered the starboard-side engineer’s storeroom on board the side-wheel steam frigate ...

  • Into Battle on Board the Invincible
    By Giles Healy
    A spur-of-the-moment purchase included an unexpected historical treasure: a copy of an unpublished letter describing HMS Invincible at the 1914 Battle of the Falklands, written by the battlecruiser’s...
  • The Invincible's Explosive Photo
    By Peter A. Marshall
    Is an image of the British battlecruiser blowing up at Jutland an authentic photograph, or is it an expertly executed fake?

    One of the most recognized World War I photographs—HMS Invincible...

  • Book Reviews

    Sealab: America’s Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor

    Ben Hellwarth. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012. 400 pp. Illus. Notes. Bibliog. Appendices. $28.

    Reviewed by Captain Don Walsh...

  • The Ugliest Bandage on Iwo Jima
    By Colonel Charles A. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
    When a Japanese shell interrupted a corpsman tending to a wounded Marine, it also put a Purple Heart award on hold for half a century.

    Every Marine and sailor who fought in the hell that was the Battle...

  • Museum Report - Preserving the History of Military Flight
    By Donald A. Wambold Jr.

    The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, holds one of the largest private collections of World War II flying aircraft, including a number of naval planes.

    Open since May 2008, it is located on 102 private acres...


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