Naval History Magazine - October 2012 Volume 26, Number 5

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The Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company of Keyport, New Jersey, was one of numerous small aircraft firms that existed in the early 20th century, providing various airplanes, in mostly small...



  • The Soviet Navy’s Caribbean Outpost
    By Norman Polmar

    After ‘defeat’ in 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis forestalled a massive Soviet military buildup in the island nation, Moscow relied on its navy to re-establish its political-military presence there.

    The Cuban...

  • Firebrand of the Union Navy
    Second Lieutenant Zachary Schwartz, U.S. Marine Corps

    Headstrong and impetuous, William Cushing’s skill and daring often as not were overshadowed by a sense of honor that made him his own worst enemy.

  • Reflections on the Special Relationship
    John F. Lehman Jr.
    The hand the United States lent Great Britain during the Falkland Islands conflict in 1982 was one gesture of many between the two nations and their navies.
  • Japan's Sea Lords in the South Pacific
    By John Prados

    The U.S. Navy flag officers who waged Guadalcanal’s naval battles are well known. But who were the admirals who led the opposing forces?

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  • Naval History Digital Edition

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

  • Contributors

    Thomas B. Allen is the author or coauthor of several books on military and intelligence subjects, including Declassified: 50 Top-Secret Documents that Changed History (National Geographic, 2008) and Rickover: Father...

  • On Our Scope

    In October 1962, President John F. Kennedy called on the U.S. Navy to play a crucial role in what would be the most tension-filled superpower showdown of the Cold War. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral George W. Anderson’s response is the...

  • Looking Back - Enterprise at Fifty
    By Paul Stillwell

    During World War II, the war-ship that made the largest contribution to victory in the Pacific was the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6)—hands down. By war’s end, though, newer and more capable members of the Essex...

  • In Contact

    VT-8 at Midway

    Jonathan Parshall-Regarding remarks by Commander William E. Brooks Jr. under “‘Real’ Mystery of Midway” in your August issue (“...

  • Naval History News

    Ongoing Bonhomme Richard Search an International Effort

    A joint U.S.-French research team spent three weeks in late May and early June on the latest expedition to locate one of the holy grails of underwater archaeology—the...

  • Historic Aircraft - Some of the First
    By Norman Polmar

    The Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company of Keyport, New Jersey, was one of numerous small aircraft firms that existed in the early 20th century, providing various airplanes, in mostly small quantities, to the U.S. Army and Navy. Most of those...

  • Historic Fleets - 'The Good Ship Dale'
    By Robert J. Cressman

    In May 1846, 33-year-old Lieutenant Tunis A. M. Craven, U.S. Navy, a married father of six children, received orders to the 16-gun sloop-of-war Dale. Under Commander William W. McKean, the Dale set sail for the Pacific on 6 June.

  • ‘Mister President, the Navy Will Not Let You Down’
    By Tom Allen

    From manning quarantine lines to flying reconnaissance missions to preparing for an invasion, the U.S. Navy played instrumental roles during the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years ago.

  • The Challenging Life of a Patriot Captain
    J. Phillip London
    From Revolutionary War herocics to the launching of the Constitution, Samuel Nicholson was a seminal, and largely unsung, founding father of U.S. naval tradition - despite a career of ups and downs....
  • The Last Gunfights
    By Lieutenant Commander Rex McCoy, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    In 1972, destroyers and cruisers raided along Tonkin Gulf in the Navy’s final sustained ship-vs.-shore gunnery duels of the 20th century.

  • Book Reviews

    Enterprise: America’s Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II

    Barrett Tillman. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2012. 320 pp. Illus. Maps. Bibliographical references. Index. $29.99.

    Reviewed by...

  • Museum Report - Presenting the “Full Glory” of the War of 1812
    By William S. Dudley

    An excellent museum exhibit on the impact on Maryland of the War of 1812 is on display at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. Here is a fine example of what a clever design team can do with a wealth of military and civilian artifacts...


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