Naval History Magazine - December 2012 Volume 26, Number 6

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Cover Story
Men of the U.S. Revenue Cutter, Life-Saving, and Lighthouse services were pushed to the edge of endurance when the Great Galveston Hurricane hit in 1900.




  • Close Air Support: The Pioneering Years
    By Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    Marine aviators’ commitment to deliver support to ground forces—a tactic once deemed too dangerous—grew into a hallowed hallmark of the Corps.

    Modern Marine Corps aviation is a powerful...

  • A Vital Concept Refined
    By Colonel Glen Butler, U.S. Marine Corps
    The helicopter revealed its potential in Korea. As the Marine Corps honed close air support in the years since, it has assumed a key role.

    Marine Corps aviation, in “its organization, equipment, and...

  • Climax of Isolationism, Countdown to World War
    By Lieutenant Colonel Frank N. Roberts Jr., U.S. Army (Retired)
    The United States got a foretaste of what would befall its forces at Pearl Harbor when Japanese aircraft sank the USS Panay on China’s Yangtze River 75 years ago.



  • The Constitution's Victorious Captains
    By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U. S. Navy (Retired)
    Hull, Bainbridge, Stewart—the roll call of Old Ironsides’ commanders during the War of 1812 conjures a series of sea fights that helped put the young U.S. Navy on the map.

    The outbreak of the...

  • Appointment with Destiny in the North Atlantic
    By Gannon McHale
    In 1943, the author’s uncle boarded his Liberty ship in Nova Scotia with a strong sense of foreboding.

    When U-610 sank the Liberty ship William Pierce Frye on 29 March 1943, among...

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  • Looking Back - ‘The Finest Naval Officer I Ever Met’
    By Paul Stillwell

    The U.S. Naval Institute lost a good friend in mid-August with the passing of Rear Admiral Robert W. McNitt at age 97. Tall, slender, friendly, and invariably gracious, the retired Navy officer was the personification of the word “gentleman...

  • In Contact

    Enterprise’s Long History

    Captain Charles T. Creekman, U.S. Navy (Retired), executive director, Naval Historical Foundation

  • Naval History News

    Archaeologists Document Civil War Shipwreck in Gulf of Mexico

    A team of marine archaeologists and technicians assembled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began work in September to create a three-dimensional...

  • Contributors

    Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), the 2010 Naval History Author of the Year, served 29 years as an assault amphibian officer. He has published six books, including Utmost Savagery: The Three...

  • On Our Scope

    The late 1940s was a tumultuous time for the U.S. Marine Corps. Amid interservice feuding and postwar budget tightening, funding for the Corps was cut to the quick. The Fleet Marine Force and the service’s air arm seemed perilously close to...

  • Historic Aircraft - A Dart from the Sea
    By Norman Polmar

    From the 1920s into World War II several nations developed high-performance floatplane aircraft. Indeed, some were among the fastest aircraft of their time. During World War II, the British evaluated float configurations with several versions of...

  • Historic Fleets - The Saga of the Williebee
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Shortly before the end of the midwatch on 8 December 1941, a radioman on board the destroyer-seaplane tender USS William B. Preston (AVD-7), at anchor in Malalag Bay off Davao Gulf, Mindanao, in the Philippines, picked up an urgent...

  • Saving Lives During America's Deadliest Disaster
    By William H. Thiesen
    Men of the U.S. Revenue Cutter, Life-Saving, and Lighthouse services were pushed to the edge of endurance when the Great Galveston Hurricane hit in 1900.

    In September 1900, with little forewarning, a...

  • Grabbing and Holding 'the Rock'
    By Arnold Blumberg
    The lone battle honor on the Royal Marines’ crest recalls early 18th-century exploits that secured a future anchor of the British Empire—Gibraltar.

    For centuries the Royal Marines have served...

  • Book Reviews

    Misadventures of a Civil War Submarine: Iron, Guns, and Pearls

    James P. Delgado. College Station: Texas A&M University Press. 288 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bibliog. Index. $34.95.

    Reviewed by Andrew Jampoler...

  • Museum Report - Reliving the War of 1812 at Nancy Island Historic Site
    By Andrew Hind

    Among its many battles and skirmishes, the War of 1812 brought a sharp contest at Wasaga Beach, Ontario, along the sandy shores of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay. It was here that HMS Nancy, an unlikely warship, wrote herself into the...


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