Naval History Magazine - August 2013 Volume 27, Number 4

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After a dismal early war record in destroyer-versus-destroyer battles, the U.S. Navy applied lessons learned and experienced a reversal of fortune in the Upper Solomons....


  • Two Captains at Breakfast
    By Tim McGrath
    Who deserves to be called ‘Father of the American Navy’—John Paul Jones or John Barry? The two icons at the center of the age-old debate were polar opposites yet good friends.

    On a windy...

  • North from Guadalcanal
    By Richard B. Frank
    Led by Admiral William Halsey, the Allied drive through the Upper Solomon Islands toward Japan’s massive South Pacific base at Rabaul proved a training ground for joint operations as well a crucible for strategic and...
  • 'Pearl Harbor in Reverse'
    By Alan P. Rems
    When a Japanese task force threatened the U.S. Marine Corps beachhead on Bougainville, Admiral ‘Bull’ Halsey drew up plans to surprise the enemy warships while they were refueling at Rabaul.


  • The Navy's Aerial Oscar
    By David Sears
    One of Hollywood’s finest Korean War films succeeded by combining glamorous star power with U.S. Navy flight-deck authenticity.

    On a brilliantly clear day in February 1954, an odd aerial trio skimmed...

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  • Contributors

    Richard B. Frank is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and retired attorney. His first book, Guadalcanal (Random House, 1990), won the General Wallace M. Greene Award from the U.S. Marine Corps. His second work, Downfall:...

  • On Our Scope

    Seventy years ago, Admiral William F. Halsey’s South Pacific forces followed up six months of land, sea, and air combat that secured Guadalcanal by taking the first major step in their conquest of the remainder of the Solomon Islands.

  • Looking Back - Bottom of the Pecking Order
    By Paul Stillwell

    Without question, some shipboard jobs are considered less desirable than others—rite-of-passage-type chores that are necessary as part of the ship’s business....

  • In Contact

    The Night 5-inch Fire Broke the Viet Cong

    Joseph Todd, Former supply officer

    In his April article “The...

  • Armaments and Innovations - The Launch of Navy Radar
    By Norman Friedman

    The rectangular frame-like object seemingly fastened above the pilothouse of the USS New York (BB-34) in 1938 wasn’t an oversized mattress spring or an early-model...

  • Naval History News

    Dolphins Branch Out into Underwater Archaeology

    Navy SEALs get a lot of accolades, but Navy dolphins are nothing to sneeze at, either. In April, a pair of U.S. Navy–trained bottlenoses succeeded in making an amazing undersea find...

  • Historic Aircraft - The Tail-sitters, Part II—Convair
    By Norman Polmar

    While Lockheed was developing the XFV-1 vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) fighter, Convair was working on a competitive design—the XFY-1, given the unofficial moniker “Pogo.”1 Both aircraft...

  • Defeat into Victory
    By Richard B. Frank
    After a dismal early war record in destroyer-versus-destroyer battles, the U.S. Navy applied lessons learned and experienced a reversal of fortune in the Upper Solomons.

    Often overlooked now, the first...

  • Capitalizing on an 'Ideal Order'
    By Commodore Arleigh A. Burke, U.S. Navy
    DesRon 23’s commander recounts how his squadron fought a destroyer battle in textbook fashion on 25 November 1943 off Cape St. George.

    For weeks we had been operating under high pressure. Everybody...

  • The Fleets Visit Panama
    By Thomas C. Hone
    When U.S. fleets paired up in Panama in 1921 to test their ability to operate jointly in a crisis, the Navy offered some guidance with the hope it would steer the men toward tamer liberties.

    In January and...

  • Historic Fleets - From Steamer to Flattop
    By Robert J. Cressman

    The ceremonies having been driven belowdecks to the wardroom by a drenching rain, Captain Warren K. Berner, U.S. Naval Academy class of 1922—nicknamed “Tarzan” by classmates—read his orders and assumed command of the USS...

  • Book Reviews

    War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865

    James M. McPherson. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. 288 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Bibliog. Index. $35.

    Reviewed by Noah...

  • Museum Report - Commemorating the War of 1812 in Art and Artifacts
    By William S. Dudley

    Given the amount of effort and resources the U.S. Navy has dedicated to the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration, it is gratifying to see an outstanding display of historical art...

  • Pieces of the Past

    Escape and Evasion Kits: Don’t leave home without one—especially if you’re a naval aviator flying over hostile territory in World War II. More popularly referred to as “barter kits,” these lifesaving little boxes of...


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