Naval History Magazine - October 2017 Volume 31, Number 5

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  • Seven Decades of Debate
    By Alan Rems

    Critical reaction to ‘Bull’ Halsey’s performance at the Battle of Leyte Gulf has threatened his stature as the United States’ most admired World War II fighting admiral.

  • “Battle of the Philippine Sea, Evening” by John Hamilton/Navy Art Collection, Na
    Recapturing the Interwar Navy's Strategic Magic
    By Lieutenant Commander Joel Holwitt, U.S. Navy

    First Prize Winner in the 2017 CNO Naval History Essay Contest--Professional Historian Category.

    To maximize the growth of strategic thought in the present-day Navy, the service should turn to practices that proved...

  • Naval History and Heritage Command
    As I Recall - At Sea a Century Ago
    By Vice Admiral John L. McCrea, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    As a captain, John McCrea was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s naval aide and the first commanding officer of the USS Iowa (BB-61)—the same two billets in the same sequence held by fictional Captain Pug Henry, protagonist of...

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
    Champagne With Ernest Hemingway
    By Breck Viets

    A Naval ROTC midshipman on summer cruise in Havana meets his literary idol.

    It was a beautiful Cuban summer day in July 1955, and the searing heat of seductively beautiful Havana was overpowering. My Iowa-born shipmate and I cursed our hot...

  • Naval History and Heritage Command
    Bluejacket's Manual - Of Ships and Boats and . . .
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    The nomenclature of the sea can be a vexing subject, not only for those who are new to it but also to those who are said to have saltwater in their veins. Even knowing what to call those “things” that sailors use to “go down to...

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  • U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive
    Flawed Victory at Sea
    By Alan Rems

    Divided command, conflicting orders,...

  • First Rate Ideas: The Hidden History of Navy Day
    By Ryan Wadle

    The Navy’s secret ‘partnership’ with the Navy League was conceived to win the hearts and minds of the American public.


  • Courtesy of Joel Holwitt
    On Our Scope

    The large echo on the U.S. Naval Institute’s scope recently has been the inaugural CNO Naval History Essay Contest. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson—in conjunction with the Naval Institute, Naval History and...

  • Library of Congress
    'All that Flies and Creeps'
    By Charles D. Dusch Jr.

    The German way of war took a historic and strategic turn during the Great War, incorporating attacks from the air using enormous zeppelins and airplanes in concert with submarine operations and ground offensives.

    In World War I, the...

  • In Contact

    Remembering the Fliers

    Barrett Tillman

    Dick Camp’s August articles about Guadalcanal’s “Cactus Air Force” (...

  • John Magruder/USMC Art Collection, courtesy of the National Museum of the Marine
    The Early Marine Corps Fight for Survival
    By Chipp Reid

    Long before U.S. Army leaders and politicians plotted the demise of the Corps in the aftermath of World War II, a leading Navy captain and Jeffersonian lawmakers tried to eliminate the service.

  • Acts of Valor: Osmond Kelly Ingram
    By Kevin Knodell and Kelly Swann



  • Wikipedia
    Armaments & Innovations - A Sub-Hunting Bloodhound
    By Thomas Wildenberg

    The Mark 24 torpedo, nicknamed “Fido” for its ability to sniff out enemy submarines, was one of the first “smart” weapons developed during World War II. An official definition for smart weapons does not exist, but such...

    Naval History News

    Fresh from Dry Dock, the Constitution Reopens to Visitors

    The frigate USS Constitution returned to the waters of Boston Harbor on the night of 23 July after a two-year restoration in historic Dry Dock 1 of the Charlestown Navy...

  • Howard Koslow/U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive
    Historic Ships - Two Navies, Five Lives
    By J. M. Caiella

    On 12 April 1861, the Revenue Cutter Service—a forebear of the U.S. Coast Guard—made its mark in U.S. naval service when its finest cutter, captained by the service’s most distinguished mariner, fired the first naval shot of the...

  • U.S. Navy
    Historic Aircraft - Silent (By) Night
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    In 1968, U.S. forces in South Vietnam sought to halt the nighttime infiltration of Viet Cong into the Mekong Delta area using helicopters and Cessna O-1 “Bird Dog” aircraft to detect the enemy. But, according to one account, “...

  • Museum Report - Explosion! Weapons and Munitions on Display
    By Matthew Adams

    Priddy’s Hard, located in Gosport, Hampshire, was once the site of a bustling British naval ordnance depot. Built in the 1750s as an earth rampart to defend Portsmouth Harbor, the depot supplied the Royal Navy with armaments and munitions,...

  • Book Reviews

    Never Call Me a Hero: A Ledgendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway s

    N. Jack “Dusty” Kleiss with Timothy and Laura Orr. 312 pp. New York: William Morrow, May 2017. Maps....

    Pieces of the Past
    By Eric Mills

    The waning days of an American summer always have been a special time—a mixture of carefree pleasure and a growing poignancy that soon it all will be over—a time for the great outdoors, for barbecues, bathing suits, and of course,...


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