Naval History Magazine - April 2015 Volume 29, Number 2

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The sinking of a Japanese submarine off Guadalcanal led to three New Zealanders receiving the U.S. Navy Cross.

For good reason, the Japanese referred to...



  • On Our Scope

    So far, the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War seems to have slipped under the American public’s radar. That’s sure to change in 2016, when Ken Burns’ television documentary about the conflict is set to broadcast. In the...

  • Contributors

    Murray Dear, a retired New Zealand banker, regularly contributes articles to New Zealand and Australian naval and nautical magazines. His essay titled “The Japanese Submarine Offensive May/June 1942” was...

  • Armaments & Innovations - Continuous-Aim Fire: Learning How to Shoot
    By Lieutenant Commander Benjamin F. Armstrong, U.S. Navy

    In November 1900, Lieutenant William Sims joined the wardroom of the Kentucky, the U.S. Navy’s newest battleship. He had just come from a tour as an attaché at the American Embassy in Paris, where he had been studying and...

  • The Marines' Vietnam Commitment
    By John Prados
    Fifty years ago, Leathernecks led the deluge of American ground-combat troops into South Vietnam and what would prove to be a strange, frustrating war.

    When the U.S. Marines waded ashore at My Khe beach,...

  • The Navy Targets Tokyo
    By James M. Scott
    From inception to takeoff, the U.S. Navy played an instrumental role in an April 1942 mission that helped alter the course of the Pacific war: the Doolittle Raid.

    Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle revved...

  • Landing the Troops . . . Across the Rhine
    By Vincent P. O'Hara
    In an unusual assignment hundreds of miles inland, U.S. Navy sailors and their landing craft helped Army forces breach Germany’s last major line of defense.


  • Ships of Honor
    By Mercy Mei Tangredi
    Six 20th-century U.S. Navy chaplains received the ultimate recognition of their bravery: a namesake warship.

    There is no greater symbol of a country’s determination to defend its freedom than a...

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  • Looking Back - Canadian Time Capsule
    By Paul Stillwell

    A few years ago, my Canadian-born wife, Karen, and I got acquainted with a television program called Murdoch Mysteries. Then we got hooked. Since we both like history, an appealing feature is that the program is set in Toronto in the...

  • In Contact

    ‘The Best Watertender’

    Commander Louis D. Chirillo, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Naval History’s February focus on African-Americans’ wartime experiences made me remember something that occurred...

  • Naval History News

    New NHHC Director Steps Up

    Rear Admiral Samuel Cox, U.S. Navy (Retired), recently assumed the role of director of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), following in the footsteps of...

  • Historic Fleets - A Cook With Plenty To Do
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Condition I-A on the boat deck. Off the mouth of South Vietnam’s Tra Bong River at 0640 on 23 April 1965, the high speed transport Cook (APD-130) began lowering three of her 36-foot landing craft. At 0718, the trio—a steel-...

  • 'A Weekend's Leave in Auckland'
    By Murray Dear
    The sinking of a Japanese submarine off Guadalcanal led to three New Zealanders receiving the U.S. Navy Cross.

    For good reason, the Japanese referred to Guadalcanal as “Starvation Island.”...

  • The Gallipoli Gamble
    By Williamson Murray
    A century ago, with the fighting on the Western Front stalemated, the Allies seized on a bold naval plan that eventually led to epic defeat.

    Of all the campaigns of World War I, none has had more ink...

  • 'To Take or Destroy'
    By Gregory Martin
    Sir George Collier was willing to gamble his 44-gunner against a rough New England river passage for a singular prize: a mast ship carrying the raw materials of naval warfare.

    The frigate’s captain...

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

    The Douglas C-47/R4D Skytrain, or Dakota, as the British labeled it, was the outstanding U.S. cargo-troop aircraft of World War II—and beyond. The “runner-up” was unquestionably the...

  • Book Reviews

    America’s U-Boats: Terror Trophies of World War I

    Chris Dubbs. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. 206 pp. Appen. Biblio. Illus. $24.95.

    Reviewed by Colonel John J. Abbatiello, U.S. Air Force (...

  • Museum Report - A River Community’s Civil War Ties
    By Robert A. Mattson

    The Mandarin Museum aims to celebrate and preserve the history of Mandarin, Florida, located at the southern end of the greater Jacksonville metropolitan area. The museum is situated in the 10-acre Walter Jones Historical Park, which was acquired...

  • Pieces of the Past

    As everyone knows, sailors and soldiers of old dispelled the myth that tough guys can’t sew. Quick and clean needle-repair acumen was a valuable skill at sea or on the march, and the popular Army and Navy Needle Books capitalized on that...


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