Naval History Magazine - April 2016 Volume 30, Number 2

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In an excerpt from a 1969 Proceedings article, a celebrated naval historian explores the command styles of the admirals who led the U.S. Pacific armada during the...


  • On Our Scope

    On 20 September 1945, two-and-a-half weeks after he’d hosted the formal Japanese surrender on board his flagship, Admiral William F. Halsey Jr. headed for home. Among the many respects paid to the celebrated commander was one he especially...

  • Contributors

    Alan Fraser Houston, MD, a graduate of Amherst College, served from 1969 to 1972 as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy. His articles have appeared in California History, Sea History, and other historical...

  • 'Dear Admiral Halsey'
    By John Wukovits
    Captivated by outspoken ‘Bull’ Halsey’s ability to back his tough talk with bold action, average Americans—from schoolchildren to grieving mothers—deluged the admiral with rousing and heartfelt...
  • Out of the Jaws of Victory
    By Alan Rems<p>
    Highly decorated for his role in gaining victory over the Japanese at Midway, Captain Miles Browning was defeated by his most implacable enemy—himself.

    When Thomas Heggen penned his 1946 novel ...

  • The Coast Guard's Aerial Visionary
    By William H. Thiesen
    Highlighted by a record-setting transatlantic flight, Elmer Stone’s prodigious achievements had a lasting effect on Coast Guard, as well as Navy, aviation.

    A century and a half ago, a technological...

  • A Sailor's Story Revisited
    By Eric Mills
    Legendary comic-book artist Sam Glanzman experienced the Pacific war up-close and personal, later capturing his experience in pictures and words.

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  • Looking Back - When the Forum Wasn't Open
    By Paul Stillwell

    The strength of the U.S. Naval Institute has been the integrity of its open forum. At the 2011 Annual Meeting, its members rose up in indignation to the following proposed change to the organization’s mission statement: “The U.S.

  • In Contact

    Not Official German Policy

    Edward Von der Porten

  • Armaments & Innovations - The Instrumental Oerlikon
    By Thomas Wildenberg

    One of the most widely used naval weapons of World War II, the 20-mm Oerlikon antiaircraft cannon was installed aboard virtually every U.S. Navy warship—from lowly PT boats to massive battleships—as well as in auxiliaries and armed...

  • Naval History News

    A Luxury Liner Once More?

    The famed ocean liner SS United States could avoid the scrap yard with the announcement in February that a luxury cruise-ship line plans to renovate the vessel and return her to sea.

  • Historic Ships - The Wampanoag: 'Germ Idea' of the Battlecruiser
    By J.M. Caiella

    Ships live because of the men, and now women, who give them life. Most often it is the crew that provides the essence of the ship, but at times a single individual provides it, whether by leadership, heroism, or design. The latter is the case for...

  • Halsey and Spruance: A Study in Contrasts
    By E. B. Potter
    In an excerpt from a 1969 Proceedings article, a celebrated naval historian explores the command styles of the admirals who led the U.S. Pacific armada during the final offensives against Japan.


  • The Many Faces of Lady Sterling
    By Alan Fraser Houston
    From Civil War blockade-runner to U.S. Navy prize vessel to presidential yacht to Cuban privateer, this English beauty had a career that might best be described as ‘eclectic.’

    When the British-...

  • Semper Sealift - Second Prize, 2015 Naval History Essay Contest: Marine Corps Actions Shaping History
    By Salvatore R. Mercogliano
    The partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and Merchant Marine—a relationship that began in the 18th century—is now best exemplified by maritime prepositioning.


  • Historic Aircraft - Not the Last Gunfighter, Part 1: The Cold War
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The Chance Vought F8U Crusader was developed in response to the U.S. Navy’s 1952 requirement for a supersonic, carrier-based day fighter.1 At that time, carriers also embarked specialized night/all-...

  • Book Reviews

    Hunters and Killers Volume 1: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1776 to 1943

    Norman Polmar and Edward Whitman. Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2015. 224 pp. Photos. Illus. Notes. Index. $44.95.

    Reviewed by Colonel...

  • Museum Report - Mighty Tugboat Displays Oregon's Maritime History
    By Annie Rehill

    The last of the operating steam-powered stern-wheel tugboats in the United States, the Portland, is docked on Oregon’s Willamette River in downtown Portland, ready to receive visitors. Listed on the National Register of Historic...

  • Pieces of the Past

    One of history’s greatest love stories involved one of naval history’s greatest icons—we refer, of course, to the legendary romance between Horatio Nelson and Emma, Lady Hamilton. It was the kind of sizzling affair that...


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