Oil painting by Cmdr. E.J. Fitzgerald depicts the engagement between Maddox and three North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats on 2 August 1964

The Truth About Tonkin

By Lieutenant Commander Pat Paterson, U.S. Navy
February 2008
What really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin on the night of 4 August 1964? Documents released over the past several years have cleared up the picture.
Painting of a surface starboard bow view of the attack on USS Princeton by R.G. Smith

Greatest of All Sea Battles

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 1994
The fight for the Philippines 50 years ago in and around Leyte Gulf involved 300 ships, 200,000 men, snap decisions, and geographic luck.
"The Monitor and Merrimac: The First Fight Between Ironclads" by J. O. Davidson

A Duel of Iron

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2004
Sealed in an armored turret, unable to see out with the gunports closed, men in the Monitor seem frozen, waiting for the battle to begin.