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Renaissance: Relaunch of the International Journal of Naval History

By Dr. Gary E. Weir, Editor, IJNH (NOTE: This article originally appeared in the online International Journal of Naval History, hosted by the Naval Historical Foundation. Information on submission of scholarly articles to IJNH can be found on the new website at www.ijnhonline.org) Every once in a while we all need to make a change,

BOOK REVIEW: How Britain won the War of 1812 – The Royal Navy’s Blockades of the United States, 1812-1815

By Brian Arthur (Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2011) Review by NHF Director, Dr. William Dudley (Note: this review and the author’s response originally appeared in Reviews in History. We thank them for allowing this republication.) Among the new books that have emerged coincident with the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Brian Arthur’s

ADM Holloway Visits NHF and Cold War Gallery on 90th Birthday

Admiral James Holloway III, USN (Ret), former Chief of Naval Operations, and Chairman Emeritus of the Naval Historical Foundation, stopped by our office yesterday on his 90th birthday. He had the chance to enjoy some birthday cake, and toured the Cold War Gallery with his son-in-law, Richard Quist. He also had the opportunity to go

New Exhibit to be Built for Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery

Design and Production, Inc., a leading builder of large, complex museum exhibits, has been contracted to build “Into the Lion’s Den,” a new Cold War Gallery exhibit at the U.S. Navy Museum. Scheduled for completion by June 2012 as commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam begins, “Into the Lion’s Den” describes

Civil War Journal of Acting Assistant Surgeon Ezra Pray

In September 1861, with the American Civil War five months old and showing signs of becoming a protracted conflict, Dr. Ezra Pray, practicing medicine in New England, applied for and was granted a naval surgeon’s appointment.  Pray had been born on 13 March 1832 in Rochester, NH, son of farmer Ezra H. Pray and mother

OpSail Announces The Star-Spangled Banner and War of 1812 Essay and Art Contest

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: WIN A RIDE ON A TALL SHIP! SAIL TRIUMPHANTLY INTO PORT WITH A FLEET OF TALL SHIPS Operation Sail, Inc., the national non-profit organization that produces tall ship events commemorating patriotic American milestones, announced its sponsorship of an essay contest and an art contest for high school students in association with

Battleship NORTH CAROLINA: NI4BK is On the Air!

The age of the battleship has passed into history, but along the coasts of the United States are reminders of this dramatic era in naval history. Nestled in Wilmington, NC, is the battleship ex-USS North Carolina (BB 55), moored on the Cape Fear River. Commissioned in 1941, she was awarded 15 battle stars during World

BOOK REVIEW: How History’s Greatest Pirates Pillaged, Plundered, and Got Away with It – The Stories, Techniques, and Tactics of the Most Feared Sea Rovers from 1500-1800

By Benerson Little, Fair Winds Press, Beverly, MA (2011). Reviewed by Capt. Roger F. Jones, USN (Ret.) From the cover, one might be forgiven for thinking that Little’s book could be an “ode to piracy,” but after reading a few pages, it is clear that the author has something very different in mind.  He has

Volunteers Needed: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo Section

The Photograph Section at the Naval History & Heritage Command is announcing a call for volunteers in and out of the DC Metro area. A list of potential duties can be found below. If interested in any of the volunteer positions, please contact the Photograph Section at NHHC by email at nhhcfacebook@gmail.com. Work to be done

BOOK REVIEW: Such Men as These – The Story of the Navy Pilots who Flew the Deadly Skies over Korea

By David Sears, Da Capo Press, New York, 2010. Reviewed by Col. Curt Marsh, USMC (Ret.) The author, David Sears who is a former U.S. Navy officer and Vietnam War veteran with service aboard destroyers, has presented a well researched book that chronicles the important contribution of naval aviation to the Korean War effort.  Sears’

Navy Photographer Tells the Story of Apollo 11 Recovery

By PHC Milt Putnam, USN (Ret) June 27, 1969 – Naval Air Station, Imperial Beach, California A banging on my door at Naval Air Station, Imperial Beach, California, shook me out of a deep sleep. It was 4 AM. Bill Case, a Senior Chief Journalist, from Pacific Fleet Headquarters Hawaii, was there with a big