Naval historian Robert J. Cressman lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. His The Official Chronology of the United States Navy in World War II received a John Lyman Book Award (1999) and his body of work on U.S. naval aviation history was recognized by the Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award (2008).

Articles by Robert Cressman

Lithograph of the steam frigate Missouri burning at Gibraltar

‘An Ornament to the Navy’

By Robert J. Cressman
January 2012
By the flickering light of a globe lantern, Coal-heaver John Sutton, earning his $18 a month (as much as a ship’s cook or a coxswain), entered the starboard-side engineer’s storeroom ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Historic Fleets

By Robert J. Cressman
August 2010
'No Ship Has Been Fought So Obstinately' Noah Brown, like the Biblical patriarch whose name he carried, needed to build a ship—two snow-brigs, specifically—to fulfill a particular purpose. The reason ...
Naval History and Heritage Command

Historic Fleets

By Robert J. Cressman
June 2010
One Last Time A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, the destroyer USS Preston (DD-795), in company with the guided-missile destroyer Berkeley (DDG-15) and destroyers Maddox (DD-751) ...

Books by Robert Cressman