Naval History Magazine - August 2018 Volume 32, Number 4

Adobe Folio ID: 
Cover Story


Unlike most of the U.S. Naval Institute’s oral histories, which contain the recollections of seagoing line officers, the memoir of Commander Albert K. Murray (1906–...



  • NHHC
    Naval History News

    Expedition to Search for Shackleton's Lost Ship 

    Could the separation of a giant Antarctic iceberg and a pair of state-of-the-art autonomous...

  • Royal Collection
    Lessons from George III
    By James R. Holmes

    When the U.S. War of Independence mushroomed into an international maritime conflict with the entry of France and Spain, Great Britain made the best of the situation by prioritizing.


  • NHHC
    Paul Allen's Winning Season
    By James P. Delgado

    An undersea explorer reflects on the vision, focus, planning, technology, and teamwork that go into finding long-lost and long-sought shipwrecks.

    In a rapid succession of successes, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and his...

  • Shearwater Aviation Museum
    The Eagles of Protection
    by Colonel John L. Orr, Canadian Armed Forces (Retired)

    How and why the Navy deployed aircraft and personnel to Nova Scotia during World War I is a little-known chapter in the annals of U.S. naval aviation.


Subscriber Only Content

  • U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive
    As I Recall - Ernie King: A Sensitive SOB?
    By Commander Albert K. Murray, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)


    Unlike most of the U.S. Naval Institute’s oral histories, which contain the recollections of seagoing line officers, the memoir of Commander Albert K. Murray (1906–1992) is from a skilled artist who painted the...

  • U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive
    Bluejacket's Manual - On the Lookout
    By. Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    On the night of 8–9 August 1942 off Savo Island, the Japanese 8th Fleet surprised an Allied task force protecting the landing at Guadalcanal, destroying four heavy cruisers and killing more than a thousand U.S. and Australian sailors in...

  • NHHC
    Historic Ships - The Red American Cruiser
    By J. M. Caiella

    The second of ten scout cruisers of the Omaha class, the USS Milwaukee (CL-5) had, with one exception, a pedestrian service life. All ships of the class were built soon after World War I to answer...

  • U.S. Navy
    Historic Aircraft - Ever Hear of the Sea Horse?
    By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet

    The outstanding U.S. land-based fighter of the World War II era was the P-51 Mustang. North American Aviation produced 14,819 Mustangs during the war, including photo (F-6) and attack (A-36) variants. The efficacy of the design led to development...

  • NHHC
    On Our Scope

    Americans are rightfully proud of the wartime service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. But occasionally, while under the spell of triumphalism, we narrowly focus on the United States’ part in a conflict while skimming over the...

  • Courtesy Col. J. A. Barton Campbell, USAR (Ret.)
    In Contact

    Colonel J. A. Barton Campbell, U.S. Army Reserve (Retired)

  • U.S. Coast Guard
    Armaments Innovation - The Over-Under Mortar/Machine Gun
    By J. M. Caiella


    The Mk 2 Mod 1 81-mm mortar was an unconventional weapon for an unconventional war. The unusual system combined two different weapons, both well known to the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army: the 81-mm mortar and the ubiquitous...

  • Navy Art Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
    'I Neglected to Consult the President'
    By Alan P. Rems

    After acquiring unprecedented power as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Ernest King challenged the Navy Department administration—and the President—by trying to extend his power even...

  • Midwife to the Fleet Boat
    By Captain Rodney K. Watterson, U.S. Navy (Retired)

    Portsmouth Navy Yard from 1915 to 1930 birthed the blue-water submarines that helped the U.S. Navy win World War II in the Pacific.


  • NHHC
    Blueprints for Destruction
    By David Reimers

    During U.S. naval exercises in the 1930s, carrier aircraft twice successfully “attacked” Pearl Harbor. After taking notice, the Imperial Japanese Navy would repeat the formula on 7 December 1941.

  • U.S. Coast Guard
    End of the Line for the Night Train
    By Captain Daniel A. Laliberte, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    Maritime smuggling of marijuana through the Caribbean into the United States was rampant in the late 1970s. But close cooperation between a Coast Guard cutter and undercover DEA agents resulted in a record-setting bust.

  • Acts of Valor - Louis Cukela, USMC
    By Kevin Knodell and Kelly Swann


    Museum Report - Refighting the War in the Pacific
    By Kevin M. Hymel


    Various levels of membership and privileges are available.War raged across the Pacific for almost four years, from 7 December 1941 to 2 September 1945, with deadly engagements taking place below, on, and above the surface of the...

  • Book Reviews
    Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man


    Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018...

  • Pieces of the Past

    Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry’s 1853–54 Japan expedition was more than a successful diplomatic mission that negotiated a treaty; it was the catalyst that introduced the American people to Japan. Before the expedition got under way...


Conferences and Events

View All

From the Press

23 February - Seminar

Sat, 2019-02-23

David F. Winkler

3 March - Lecture

Sun, 2019-03-03

Stephen A. Bourque

Why Become a Member of the U.S. Naval Institute?

As an independent forum for over 140 years, the Naval Institute has been nurturing creative thinkers who responsibly raise their voices on matters relating to national defense.

Become a Member Renew Membership