Naval History Magazine - August 2012 Volume 26, Number 4

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John J. Domagalski, a native of Chicago, is the author of Lost at Guadalcanal: The Final Battles of the Astoria and Chicago as Described by Survivors in...



  • The Monitor Boys
    By John V. Quarstein

    First-class Fireman John Driscoll was just one of the hundred-odd sailors who served on board the Monitor during her brief life. Referring to themselves as “the Monitor Boys,” the men experienced storms, battles,...

  • Composure Amid a Naval Disaster
    By John J. Domagalski
    At the Battle of Savo Island, the first Allied warship to spot the approaching Japanese immediately found herself in a desperate fight for survival.

    As Commander Frank R. Walker stood on the bridge of the...

  • Observations of 'the Canal'
    Interview with Master Technical Sergeant James W. Hurlbut, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
    The Marines’ first combat correspondent to see action in World War II answers questions about Guadalcanal.

    Often lost in the history of the Guadalcanal campaign is the fact that the six-month battle...

  • Judging the Good from the Bad
    By Norman Friedman
    When it comes to warships, bigger is usually better, and the most successful vessels are often those that are adaptable to changing times and technologies.

    What makes a warship excellent rather than merely...

  • Searching for Nelson's Iconic Quote
    By Frederick C. Leiner
    Rising young U.S. Navy officer Stephen Decatur earned famous praise for ‘the most bold and daring act of the age’—or did he?

    Late in the evening on 16 February 1804, the ketch ...

  • The Story behind the Famous Kiss
    By Lawrence Verria and Captain George Galdorisi, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The two participants in the world’s most famous kiss didn’t even know each other, nor was their photograph staged. A new book, The Kissing Sailor, tells how it came about and was captured for posterity. The following...

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  • Contributors

    John J. Domagalski, a native of Chicago, is the author of Lost at Guadalcanal: The Final Battles of the Astoria and Chicago as Described by Survivors in Official Reports (McFarland, 2010) and Sunk...

  • On Our Scope

    While planning this issue’s package of articles commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal, it occurred to me that Naval History has pretty well covered the big picture—the ebb and flow of the six-month...

  • Looking Back - The End of a Nation
    By Paul Stillwell

    Although it doesn’t appear in statute books, one particular law has wide application nonetheless: the law of unintended consequences. Forty years ago this summer, the phenomenon known as “Watergate” was a breaking story....

  • In Contact

    Overlooked Cause of War

    John Pauly

  • Naval History News

    Brown, Naval Academy Barrier-Breaking Pioneer, Passes Away

    Retired Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown, the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, died on 22 May at the age of 85.

    The sixth black admitted...

  • Historic Aircraft - Vikings at Sea
    By Norman Polmar

    After World War II, the U.S. Navy began the development of specialized carrier-based aircraft for antisubmarine warfare. Previously, standard fighters and bombers were employed for that role.

  • Historic Fleets - ‘The Busy Lady’
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Eight days before Christmas 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Captain Daniel J. Callaghan, his naval aide, to suggest names for a number of authorized ships that included destroyer tenders. On 21 December the Bureau of Navigation...

  • No Ordinary John Smith
    By Robert J. Mrazek
    As skipper of Guadalcanal’s tiny band of Marine fighter pilots, his leadership in the air and on the ground was—well, extraordinary.

    He will forever gaze out at us from an iconic World War II...

  • The Witch's Final Fight
    By Lieutenant Colonel Jay A. Stout, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    On a rainy night on a remote station, the U.S. Navy paid the price for poor training and lack of vigilance when Confederate raiders seized the gunboat Water Witch.

    For the officers and men of the...

  • At Sea in the Great War
    By Commander Stephen W. Surko, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    A Coast Guardsman’s photos and letters home provide a ‘from-the-deckplates’ view of patrol service in the Atlantic.

    You may send my new camera to me, without the tripod, as I am allowed...

  • Book Reviews

    Utmost Gallantry: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812

    Kevin D. McCranie. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2011. 365 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bibliog. Index. $39.95.

    Reviewed by David Curtis...

  • Museum Report
    By Kevin M. Hymel

    Respecting Marines and Prehistory on Parris Island

    Men who enlist in the Marine Corps east of the Mississippi River and all women joining the Corps must first report to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina, for...

  • Naval History Digital Edition

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


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