Naval History Magazine - August 2015 Volume 29, Number 4

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A Helldiver radioman/gunner recollects dive-bombing the remnants of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the massive July 1945 U.S. carrier strikes on Kure Naval Base....


  • On Our Scope

    Naval History readers wishing to transcend the printed word can get a tactile feel for sailor life by visiting one of the more than 160 museum ships located throughout the United States. But while this retired fleet includes storied...

  • Contributors

    Thomas B. Allen is well known for his writing on the subjects of espionage and military history. His books include Declassified: 50 Top-Secret Documents That Changed Military History (National Geographic, 2008). He is...

  • Armaments & Innovations - The Pocket Polaris
    By Norman Friedman

    While the Polaris ballistic missile was being developed in the mid-1950s, many submarine officers must have wondered whether the great bulk of U.S. subs—World War II fleet submarines and their immediate successors—would be able to...

  • 'The Big E' Leadership Factory
    By Barrett Tillman
    Soon after her 1938 commissioning, the aircraft carrier Enterprise began turning out a long list of exceptional leaders who would continue to serve America in the decades after World War II.


  • Butch's Wingman
    By David Sears
    With a strong naval aviation pedigree that featured legendary fighter pilots Jimmie Thach and Butch O’Hare, Alex Vraciu jumped to the top of the Navy-ace leaderboard with an epic performance at the Battle of the...
  • 'A Few Armed Vessels, Judiciously Stationed'
    By William H. Thiesen
    Today’s U.S. Coast Guard, the nation’s oldest continuous Sea Service, carries on an illustrious 225-year legacy.

    On 4 August 1790, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation establishing a maritime...

  • The Enlisted Force's Scribe
    By Senior Chief Petty Officer Dennis L. Noble, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    Through his bestselling novel, Chief Petty Officer Richard McKenna would acquaint the American public with the lives of the Navy’s enlisted sailors.


Subscriber Only Content

  • Looking Back - Return to a Different Place
    By Paul Stillwell

    Some of the happiest memories of my naval experience are from the spring of 1969 when both my brother, Mark, and I were serving on board ships homeported in Long Beach, California. He was on board...

  • In Contact

    A Group Photo Brings Back Memories

    Vice Admiral John Nyquist, U.S. Navy, Retired

  • Naval History News

    Arizona Memorial Closed After Tugboat Collision

    A tugboat maneuvering a hospital ship evidently crashed into the floating dock leading to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 27 May, forcing the...

  • Historic Fleets - ‘Successful from Every Point of View’
    By Robert J. Cressman

    The 75-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter CG-290 battled a moderate gale as she patrolled off Montauk Point, the eastern tip of Long Island, New York, on Christmas Eve 1930. Standing in to Fort Pond Bay at the start of the midwatch on...

  • Finishing Off the Japanese Navy
    By Charles G. Westwater
    A Helldiver radioman/gunner recollects dive-bombing the remnants of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the massive July 1945 U.S. carrier strikes on Kure Naval Base.

    In the closing months of World War II,...

  • How Many Will Die?
    By Thomas B. Allen with Norman Polmar<p>
    The number of U.S. servicemen who would lose their lives in an invasion of Japan was the overriding concern in deciding to drop the atomic bombs that ended World War II.

    Harry S. Truman had been president...

  • Another Alternative—Poison Gas!
    By Norman Polmar with Thomas B. Allen

    In June 1945, as the Pacific war continued its bloody advance toward the Japanese Home Islands, President Harry S. Truman met in the White House with his senior military and civilian advisers to plan the strategy for ending the conflict. The...

  • 'I Fear Nothing'
    By Tim McGrath
    One of the youngest captains ever to serve in an American navy, Nicholas Biddle was also one of the bravest.

    By 1778, the Continental Navy was in its third year of action in the Revolutionary War. Of all...

  • Historic Aircraft - A Limited Success
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The Grumman F11F Tiger was an attempt to obtain the maximum possible performance from an aircraft based on the firm’s highly successful F9F Panther/Cougar series of Navy fighters. While its...

  • Book Reviews

    The Baltimore Sabotage Cell: German Agents, American Traitors, and The U-Boat Deutschland During World War I

    Dwight R. Messimer. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2015. 280 pp. Appendix. Notes. Biblio. Index. Illus...

  • Museum Report - Temporary Tattoos on Puget Sound
    By Hailey Petway

    The Puget Sound Navy Museum sits just feet from the Puget Sound Shipyard on the waterfront of Bremerton, Washington—one of only two operated by the Naval History and Heritage Command in the Pacific Northwest. Despite its small size, it...

  • Pieces of the Past

    There are flare guns, and then there are Nazi flare guns—talk about an artifact one doesn’t see every day. Currently in the collection of Annapolis Maritime Antiques, this stainless-steel Madelon 27-mm Doppel Schuss...


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