Naval History Magazine - October 2015 Volume 29, Number 5

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In June 1945, the heavy cruiser would meet her most formidable opponent in the Pacific: monstrous waves and winds.

On 5 June 1945, a typhoon in the Pacific...



  • On Our Scope

    ‘Our New Cruisers” was how the U.S. Naval Institute announced the news in 1883. The ten-year-old organization had been founded by a group of naval officers concerned about the stagnant state of the Navy. But now the service was taking...

  • Armaments & Innovations - The Revolutionary Rangekeeper
    By Thomas Wildenberg

    ‘I would construct a machine to do any old thing in any old way” was young Hannibal C. Ford’s yearbook motto at Cornell University. Fortunately for the U.S. Navy, the engineer’s fertile mind focused on machines that would...

  • The Fleet's Ambiguous, Versatile Warships
    By Norman Friedman
    While their roles have frequently changed, cruisers have remained key members of the U.S. fleet ever since the Steel Navy era.

    Nearly all warships are multipurpose, but in retrospect cruisers have had a...

  • On Board the 'Augie' at Casablanca
    By Ensign Richard W. Belt Jr., U.S. Navy
    Long vigils at general quarters and on watch punctuated by bursts of combat left a junior officer on board the cruiser Augusta feeling ‘stretched like a rubber band’ during World War II’s...
  • An Admiral's Letters to His Son
    By Vice Admiral George W. Emery, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    From on board more than 126 nuclear-powered ships during their initial sea trials, Admiral Hyman Rickover wrote letters to influential politicians, high-ranking military officials, and—most frequently—his son,...
  • On the Edge
    By Michael Sturma <p>

    An adapted excerpt from the new Naval Institute Press book Fremantle’s Submarines: How Allied Submariners and Western Australians Helped to Win the War in the Pacific.


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  • Contributors

    Roger Barr is the author of nine books, including America’s Wars: The Vietnam War (Lucent Books, 1991), The Treasure Hunt (Medallion Press, 1992), and biographies of Richard Nixon and Malcolm X for young...

  • Looking Back - Legacy of Détente
    By Paul Stillwell

    Though it is little remembered today, a period of détente allowed for a brief thawing in the decades-long Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the early 1970s the administration of President Richard Nixon created a...

  • In Contact

    Surprises From a Reader

    Howard Fuller

  • Naval History News

    Bonnyman Found on Tarawa

    Marine First Lieutenant Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman’s valor during the November 1943 Battle for Tarawa earned him a posthumous Medal of Honor—and, until March 2015, a forgotten grave.

  • Historic Aircraft - If It Flies Like a Duck . . .
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    When discussing great aircraft one almost invariably talks about fighters, attack aircraft, bombers, and maybe even cargo and transport planes. The Grumman JF and J2F Ducks were none of these. Still, the single-engine floatplanes were superb...

  • The Pittsburgh's Typhoon Battle
    By Roger Barr
    In June 1945, the heavy cruiser would meet her most formidable opponent in the Pacific: monstrous waves and winds.

    On 5 June 1945, a typhoon in the Pacific Ocean southeast of Japan struck the U.S. Navy...

  • Renaissance of a French Frigate
    By Megan Eckstein
    An ambitious project to bring a piece of history to life resulted in the construction of an 18th-century warship in painstaking detail, a memorable transatlantic voyage, and the revival of shipbuilding in Rochefort, France...
  • A Corsair's Story
    By Jack Sweetman
    The scant record of Napoleonic-era French privateersmen is brightened by the thrilling (perhaps too thrilling?) memoir of one Henri-Ferdinand Marote.

    Contrary to what is often assumed, the Royal...

  • Historic Fleets - 'Calculated to Do Good Service'
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Using an old French chart, Commander James Findlay Schenck, the 53-year-old commander of the U.S. steamer Saginaw, decided to begin his inquiry into the disappearance of the American bark Myrtle, at Qui Nhon, on the coast of...

  • Book Reviews

    Hell From the Heavens: The Epic Story of the USS Laffey and World War II’s Greatest Kamikaze Attack

    John Wukovits. Boston: Da Capo Press, 2015. 296 pps. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Index. $25.99.

  • Museum Report - Plotting Beneath the Gardens of Valletta
    By Commander Karsten E. Spies, U.S. Navy

    What do Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, 17th-century grand masters of the Knights of Malta, and Cold War Soviet submarines have in common? The answer lies embedded under the sun-splashed bastions of Valletta, the Lilliputian capital of the European...

  • Pieces of the Past

    ‘War is a racket. . . . It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.” Those may sound like the words of some college-campus peacenik, but in fact they emanated from an individual who at the time of his...


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