Naval History Magazine - June 2018 Volume 32, Number 3

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Ask a military history buff to match 6 June with a historic event and the answer you’ll probably get is D-Day, the 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy. But ask a Marine the same question and...



  • The Corps' Day of Destiny
    By Colonel Richard D. Camp, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)<p>

    At Belleau Wood on 6 June 1918, the Marine Corps commenced fighting its first large-scale battle and sustained casualties that exceeded its total losses suffered in all previous combat.

  • Norman Rockwell Museum
    'Lion Courage in the Face of Any Danger'
    By James Carl Nelson

    Thirty years before becoming Marine Commandant, Clifton Cates earned a Navy Cross and a reputation as the Corps' luckiest man during the brutal three-week Battle of Belleau Wood.

  • Courtesy Paul Allen
    Naval History News

    Lexington, Juneau Found in Banner Month for Wreck Discoveries


    March 2018 will go down in underwater-archaeology history as a true bonanza of a month, with two iconic U.S. Navy shipwrecks from World War II discovered at last...

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  • U.S. Marine Corps
    On Our Scope

    Ask a military history buff to match 6 June with a historic event and the answer you’ll probably get is D-Day, the 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy. But ask a Marine the same question and you’re likely to receive a different response...

  • U.S. Navy
    Bluejacket's Manual - Securing a Ship to a Pier
    By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    If you have ever watched a movie in which the captain of a Navy ship yells down from the bridge wing, telling his deck crew to “Cast off all lines,” the film was not made by a sailor. Navy ships do not leave their lines on the pier as...

  • National Air and Space Museum (Eric Long)
    Armaments & Innovation - Inertial Navigation Made Ballistic-Missile Submarines a Reality
    By Thomas Wildenberg

    The deployment of the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear-powered Polaris ballistic-missile submarine, the USS George Washington (SSBN-598), was a true revolution in naval affairs thanks to her ability to launch missiles while submerged. But...

  • NHHC
    Historic Ships - The Star-Crossed Somers
    By J. M. Caiella<p>
    The U.S. brig Somers has a well-known reputation as the setting for one of the Navy’s lingering controversies—the deaths of three sailors at the hands of their captain, the only case of mutiny on board a U.S....
  • u.s. naval aviation museum
    Citizen Sailors in Naval Service
    By Rear Admiral Joseph Callo, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)

    The civilian warrior has had a place in the U.S. military since the days of John Paul Jones. But that place has not always been easily understood, or accepted.

    During the Peloponnesian War from 431 to 404 BC, Greek...

  • National Archives
    Century of Replenishment at Sea
    By Commander John A. Lukacs IV, U.S. Navy

    ‘Underway replenishment was the U.S. Navy’s secret weapon of World War II.’

    — Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, U.S. Navy

  • U.S. Navy
    Education of a Destroyer Sailor
    By Robert Andersen

    My Harvard College and Yale— A young man’s learning curve at sea.

    A year to the day after enlisting in the U.S. Navy, I flew from my native San Francisco to Philadelphia to report for duty on board the USS ...

  • U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive
    Historic Aircraft - The Sikorsky Flying Boats
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
    Igor Sikorsky is known in the United States as the “father” of the American helicopter. But as a young aircraft designer in Russia, Sikorsky developed the world’s first four-engine aircraft. That plane, the Grand...
  • U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive
    As I Recall - The Treatment of a Pioneer
    By Jesse W. Arbor
    The U.S. Naval Institute shortly will release the oral history of Jesse Arbor, a member of the Golden Thirteen—the first black line officers commissioned by the U.S. Navy. In his October 1988 interview with Paul Stillwell...
  • Lara Dunning
    Museum Report - Preserving the Pacific Northwest’s Naval Aviation History
    By Lara Dunning
    The PBY-5A Catalina flying boat “Gerral’s Girl,” lovingly called “Gigi,” commands a prominent spot across the street from the PBY-Naval Air Museum in Oak Harbor, Washington. Built in 1943 by...
  • Book Reviews

    The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism

    John U. Bacon. New York: William Morrow, 2017. 374 pp. Map. Biblio. Notes. Index. $29.99.

    Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Charlie...

  • Pieces of the Past
    By Eric Mills

    When the ironclad CSS Virginia first steamed down the Elizabeth River on 8 March 1862, she made for a scary sight: Here was a monstrous new kind of war machine, hard-shelled, heavily armed, a fleet-destroying futuristic-looking nightmare...

  • A POW's Secret Diary of Captivity
    By David Sears

    From the viciousness of his Japanese guards to the joy of receiving a Red Cross package, William Galbraith recorded his experiences as a prisoner of war in a shorthand diary disguised as ‘Dear Billy’ letters to his young son...

  • In Contact


    Remembering the Pueblo

    Captain Carl J. Triebes Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Acts of Valor - Thomas G. Kelley, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
    By Kevin Knodell and Kelly Swann



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