Naval History Magazine - February 2018 Volume 32, Number 1

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In early 1968, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces battled and defeated a seemingly all-or-nothing gamble by communists. Nowhere was the fighting fiercer or more prolonged than in the former...



  • The Strange Disappearance of Admiral Wilcox
    By Richard J. Bauman

    Man overboard” is perhaps the most chilling phrase one can hear on board a ship. And when those words were heard on the morning of 27 March 1942, one of the most baffling incidents in U.S. naval history began. To this day it has never been...

  • Naval History News

    Red October Remembered at Cold War Sub Seminar

    the Submarine History Seminar at the U.S. Navy Memorial on 31 October were treated to a discussion on a top-secret 1972 U.S. operation and the 1990 movie that brought the Cold War “...

  • Acts of Valor: Sergeant Alfredo Gonzalez, USMC
    By Kevin Knodell and Kelly Swann


  • Pieces of the Past

    1519: Ferdinand Magellan sets out from Spain with five ships, 260 men, and a mission to do an end run around the New World and just keep on going. Rounding South America, he passes through the strait that still bears his name. He...

  • In Contact
  • Armaments and Innovation - The Big Torpedo
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
    The Soviet Union initiated development of submarine-launched nuclear torpedoes in 1949–50, with two programs to provide the Soviet Navy its first nuclear weapons: the T-5, a 21-inch (533-mm) diameter weapon for firing from...
  • The Marines' Tenacious Stand
    By Gregg Jones

    The outnumbered defenders of Khe Sanh beat back repeated attacks and withstood continual shelling in defense of the isolated combat base and nearby hills.

  • Sea Power Goes Celluloid: Lessons from Interwar-Era Naval Publicity
    By Ryan Wadle

    The projection of power depends on political and public support, both at home and abroad, and requires clear messaging based upon a coherent strategy. This task, however, often is overlooked in favor of weapons development and strategy that lack...

  • Historic Aircraft - The Avenger That Couldn’t Avenge
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
    A leading aviation journal stated: “The A-12 attack bomber is emerging as the most important U.S. Navy aircraft programme of the present decade and seems likely to be the last all-new type to enter service with the Navy this...

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  • On Our Scope

    Fifty years ago, the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy were enmeshed in three Far East crises. The Corps was facing its severest tests of the Vietnam War at Khe Sanh and Hue. Meanwhile, North Korea heated up the Cold War by seizing a U.S. Navy ship, the...

  • As I Recall - Scorpion Down
    By Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    The following is an edited excerpt drawn from Paul Stillwell’s U.S. Naval Institute oral history interviews with Admiral Trost. The complete volume, 13 interviews, is now available from the Institute’s Oral History...
  • Bluejacket's Manual - Collision at Sea Avoidance
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    Non-mariners often ask how ships on the open ocean manage to collide with each other. Most collisions occur in more confined waters, such as the shipping channels approaching busy ports, where many vessels converge on their way in...
  • Historic Ships - The Cock Crowed
    By J. M. Caiella
    At least five Saratogas—only one of them commissioned—fought under U.S. colors prior to and during 1814. The second USS Saratoga set the benchmark for the namesakes to follow.

    Noted historian...

  • Tet's Main Event
    By Gregg Jones

    In early 1968, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces battled and defeated a seemingly all-or-nothing gamble by communists. Nowhere was the fighting fiercer or more prolonged than in the former capital of Hue.

  • The Army's Navy
    By Alan P. Rems

    Army amphibian units gave MacArthur a personal fleetof gators that helped him return to the Philippines.

    When the United States entered World War II, the military had many questions about how best to organize and employ...

  • Hell and Back
    By Lieutenant F. Carl Schumacher, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    One officer’s first-person...

  • In the Right Spot, Twice
    By Christopher B. Havern Sr.

    What do the discovery of the sunken remains of the heavy cruiser Indianapolis and the famous flag raising on Mount Suribachi have in common? The otherwise unremarkable LST-779.

  • Museum Report - Halifax Harbor’s Step Back in Time
    By Emily Martin
    Set directly in the hub of Halifax Harbor’s bustling waterfront is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Canada’s largest and oldest maritime museum, featuring multiple exhibits focused on Nova Scotia’s rich...
  • Book Reviews
    Donald M. Kehn. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2017. 560 pp. Illus. Notes. Biblio. Index. $39.95.<p>

    In the Highest Degree Tragic: The Sacrifice of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet in the East Indies During World War II

    Reviewed by James R. Holmes


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