Monthly Archives: July 2012

War of 1812 Project to Digitize Pension Records

Recently the Federation of Genealogical Societies announced the donation of $135,000 to the “Preserve the Pensions” War of 1812 Pension Project. The donation is a generous gift from the estate of the late Jon Stedman in memory of his mother, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Ablest Navigator – Lieutenant Paul N. Shulman, USN, Israel’s Volunteer Admiral

By J. Wandres, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2010). Reviewed by Kempton Baldridge It is a special treat to learn about a 20th century naval hero who has, until now been little more than a footnote in history. The name … Continue reading

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First Group of STEM-H Teachers Completes 2012 Workshop

On Friday, 20 July, our first group of STEM-H Teacher Fellows completed their 2012 summer workshop with final presentations of lesson plans developed during an intense two week program. The four teachers in the first group were: Benjamin J. Barris … Continue reading

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250 Mile Solo Run to Raise Money for USNA Commodore John Barry Monument

A renowned ultra-marathoner has taken on the challenge of running 250 miles from New York City to Annapolis, in order to raise money for a new monument at the United States Naval Academy. Runner Tom McGrath (bio here) is on … Continue reading

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100 Year Old Olympic Medals in Navy Collection

With the 2012 Olympics getting set to kick off in London, we thought it appropriate to share some fascinating artifacts from the collection of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) here in Washington, D.C. The NHHC Curator Branch maintains … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Preparing for Victory – Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943

By David J Ulbrich, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2011) Reviewed by Colonel Curt Marsh, USMC (Ret.) The story of General Thomas Holcomb who was Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1936 to 1943 illuminates a crucial period of Marine … Continue reading

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Reflections on New “Into the Lion’s Den” Exhibit by a “Lion’s Den” Participant

By Robert W. Cosgriff, CDR USN (Ret.) The highlight of the Annual Meeting of the Naval Historical Foundation on 23 June, 2012 was the ribbon-cutting of a new exhibit for the Navy Museum, “Into the Lion’s Den,” covering the nighttime … Continue reading

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Three Alaska Students Awarded NHF National History Day Prize

In an energetic National History Day ceremony at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center in mid-June, three middle school students from Alaska were awarded the Naval Historical Foundation’s Captain Kenneth Coskey Award for Naval History scholarship. The 2012 NHD theme … Continue reading

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Status Report: USS Texas Flooding and Emergency Repairs

By Taylor Hitt, NHF Intern In May of this year, the battleship Texas celebrated the 100th anniversary of its launching. Of the eight American battleships open for public display, she is the only one that served in both World Wars. … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The United States Coast Guard in World War II – A History of Domestic and Overseas Action

By Thomas P. Ostrom, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, NC, (2009) Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart This is a well-written and nicely researched account of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. The author, using seventeen topical chapters, provides short, … Continue reading

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Franklin Roosevelt’s Vision to Save USS Olympia

Speaking on the deck of the decommissioned Olympia in Philadelphia on 3 May 1931, Naval Historical Foundation President Rear Admiral William Rodgers told thirty veterans of the Battle of Manila Bay and some ten thousand onlookers that “everything possible will … Continue reading

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NHF Historian Embarks On Board USS George HW Bush

NHF Digital Historian Dave Colamaria had the opportunity to embark on board the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) for a 24 hour visit in late June. NHF has worked closely with Navy Recruiting District, Richmond … Continue reading

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Looking for Assistance on WWII Ship Recognition at Ulithi Atoll

We recently received an inquiry about some well known photographs from World War II. The images (see below) depict a vast fleet of U.S. Navy warships at anchor at Ulithi Atoll, on 8 December 1944, nicknamed “Murderer’s Row.” A group … Continue reading

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Navy Museum Receives Deep Sea Submersible

Story and photos courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command WASHINGTON (NNS) — The National Navy Museum (NNM) received cable-controlled undersea recovery vehicle (CURV) III, the Navy’s most sophisticated deep sea recovery submersible until its retirement in 2007, along … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy – The U.S. Navy and the Birth of the American Century

By Henry J. Hendrix, Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD), 2009. Reviewed by Thomas P. Ostrom Captain Henry J. Hendrix, USN brings an impressive background of naval professionalism and scholarly credentials to the task of writing this history of President Theodore … Continue reading

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