Naval History Magazine - February 2015 Volume 29, Number 1

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Shock waves from the calamitous 1944 explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine resulted in the courts-martial of 50 black sailors on mutiny charges and a reevaluation of...


  • On Our Scope

    The U.S. sea services emerged from World War II as history’s most powerful naval force. But the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard also changed in other, often overlooked ways during the conflict.

    This issue focuses on African-Americans...

  • Contributors

    Robert L. Allen is adjunct professor (emeritus) of African-American studies and ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include The Port Chicago Mutiny: The Story of the Largest Mutiny Trial...

  • The Pinchpenny Flotilla
    By William S. Dudley
    The U.S. Navy was a key ingredient to American victory in the 1814–15 New Orleans campaign, despite the naval station there being undermanned and underfunded.

    At critical periods in the national...

  • Ghost Team of Island X
    By David Sears
    In a prelude to the real contest against the Japanese on Iwo Jima, the 4th Marine Division fielded an all-star football squad in late 1944 that routed its interservice rivals by a combined score of 164 to 6.


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  • In Contact

    The ‘Perfect Enemy’

    William R. Walsh

  • Armaments & Innovations - The Navy's 'Supershells'
    By Norman Friedman

    The newer U.S. battleships that fought in World War II had many important gunnery advantages over earlier battleships, such as excellent fire-control systems and, by 1944, the best surface fire-control radar in the world. They also had a hidden...

  • Naval History News

    Hunter and Prey from Battle of the Atlantic Discovered

    Approximately 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina, researchers led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries...

  • Historic Aircraft - The Hall Contribution
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    During the 1920s and 1930s scores of aircraft firms around the world developed flying boats for both military and commercial roles. One that was successful, but not produced in large numbers—nor generally remembered—was the Hall PH...

  • From Disaster to Desegregation
    By Robert L. Allen
    Shock waves from the calamitous 1944 explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine resulted in the courts-martial of 50 black sailors on mutiny charges and a reevaluation of race relations within the Navy.


  • Change Hastened by Conflict
    By William H. Thiesen
    After making early moves toward racial equality, the Coast Guard lowered barriers to blacks in both the enlisted and officer ranks during World War II.

    African-Americans comprise the longest-serving minority...

  • Memories of Montford Point
    Interview with Sergeant Major Edgar R. Huff, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
    In 1942 the Marine Corps began accepting African-Americans into their ranks. Men such as Sergeant Major Edgar R. Huff blazed the trail for successive generations of black Marines.


  • Remembering the Maine in Key West
    By Robert E. Cray
    As they were in life, the sailors who perished in the event that precipitated the Spanish-American War would be welcomed to the Florida outpost.

    The explosion of the battleship Maine on the...

  • Historic Fleets - 'A Very Large & Capital Frigate'
    By Robert J. Cressman

    The clearing weather on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland on 6 June 1776 yielded the sight of several sails, indicating prey. The 32-gun frigate Hancock and 28-gun frigate Boston, fashioned by the shipwrights of Newburyport,...

  • Museum Report - A Hidden Gem in Madrid
    By David McCormack

    Spain’s national naval museum, Museo Naval de Madrid, is located in the heart of the tourist district on the Paseo del Prado next to the famous art museum of the same name. Since 1932 it has been housed in the former Marine Ministry...

  • Looking Back - The Case of the Proactive PIO
    By Paul Stillwell

    The hour was late, and the television set was replaying an old episode of Perry Mason. The series was based on the fiction of Erle Stanley Gardner, who created the character portrayed by actor Raymond Burr. Mason was a Los Angeles...

  • Book Reviews

    Evans Carlson, Marine Raider: The Man Who Commanded America’s First Special Forces

    Duane Schultz. Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2014. 256 pp. Biblio. Index. Maps. Notes. $26.

    Reviewed by Colonel Dick...

  • Pieces of the Past

    Collect ’em, trade ’em with your friends—but don’t try to float them in your bathtub, they’re too valuable for that. This boxed set of...


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