BOOK REVIEW – Sea Miner: Major E. B. Hunt’s Civil War Rocket Torpedo 1862-1863

Chuck Veit, Self Published (2016) Reviewed by Robert P. Largess Chuck Veit is something of a master in recreating the world of Civil War America and the personality of real individuals of that time through contemporary newspapers, letters, speeches, and diaries. In The Yankee Expedition to Sevastopol, he did a remarkable job of bringing salvor,

BOOK REVIEW – Where Youth and Laughter Go – With “The Cutting Edge” in Afghanistan

By Lt.Col. Seth W. B., Folsom USMC., Naval Institute Press Annapolis, MD (2015) Reviewed by Charles Bogart This is the third book by Lt. Col. Folsom concerning his experiences fighting the War on Terror. In 2006, he published The Highway War: A Marine Company Commander in Iraq. In 2010, he wrote In The Gray Area:

Christopher McKee to Receive Knox Medal

At the National Maritime Awards Dinner held on April 21st at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Chairman of the Naval Historical Foundation, Admiral William J. Fallon announced that Christopher McKee, currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago, will receive the foundation’s prestigious Commodore Dudley W. Knox Medal for Continuing Lifetime

National Maritime Awards Dinner (NMAD) Recap: The Rising Tide of Our Maritime and Naval Heritage

By Matthew T. Eng The National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS) and Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) hosted a gala event at the National Press Club on 21 April to honor the achievements of three individuals who have made lasting contributions to maritime and naval heritage. Formerly known as the Washington Awards Dinner, the newly rebranded National

Trust Began with a Lie

By David F. Winkler, Ph.D. NHF Staff Last Friday’s SU-27 barrel roll of USAF RC-135 and earlier buzzings of USN Destroyer are rare hiccups in 44 year INCSEA accord. The Incidents at Sea Agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union had only been signed a year earlier in Moscow by Secretary of the Navy John W. Warner and Admiral of

‘Hammerin’ Hank Mustin Oral History Posted

On April 11, 2016 the Naval Historical Foundation lost a strong supporter who was part of one of the Navy’s more storied families – Vice Admiral Henry C. Mustin. His grandfather, the first Henry C. Mustin, established his fame in naval aviation history when he was launched by catapult off the underway armored cruiser North

Dusty Kleiss: A Hero of Midway Remembered

Captain Jack “Dusty” Kleiss retirement photo, 1962; Kleiss with wife Jean, 1942 (Images provided by Jack Kleiss/Hampton Roads Naval Museum/Laura Orr) Captain Jack “Dusty” Kleiss, USN (Ret.), a VS-6 Dive Bombing pilot that served during the battle of Midway, passed away last week at the age of 100 at his residence in Texas. The Kansas

BOOK REVIEW – Before Jutland: The Naval War in Northern European Waters, August 1914—February 1915

By James Goldrick, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis MD (2015) Reviewed by Phillip G. Pattee. Ph.D. James Goldrick, the author of several books and articles on topics of naval and defense interest, including naval history, is a retired Rear Admiral in the Royal Australian Navy. In 1984, as a Lieutenant, Goldrick published his first book, The

BOOK REVIEW – Devotion

By Adam Makos, Ballantine Books, New York, NY (2015) Reviewed by Rear Adm. Arthur N. “Bud” Langston, U.S. Navy (Retired) Devotion is the account of an incredibly selfless heroic attempt by Lt. (JG) Tom Hudner to rescue Ens. Jesse Brown after his Corsair was hit by small arms fire forcing him to make a crash

BOOK REVIEW – From Versailles to Mers-el Kebir: The Promise of Anglo-French Naval Cooperation, 1919-1940

By George E. Melton, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2015) Reviewed by Alan Harris Bath, Ph.D. On 3 July 1940, at the direction of Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and the British War Cabinet, the Royal Navy bombarded a major portion of the French Fleet then in port at Mers-el Kebir in French North Africa.

BOOK REVIEW – Embassy to the Eastern Court: America’s Secret First Pivot Toward Asia 1832-1837

By Andrew A. Jampoler, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2015) Reviewed by John Grady Having spent a great deal of time reading accounts and logbooks from the voyages of Thomas ap Catesby Jones, John “Mad Jack” Percival, John Downes, William Bolton Finch, Charles Wilkes, et al., of American encounters in the Pacific, in Asia, in

BOOK REVIEW – The Bridge to Airpower: Logistics Support for Royal Flying Corps Operations on the Western Front, 1914-18

By Peter Dye, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2015) Reviewed Larry A. Grant “In war we must expect a casualty list of 100% every three months in men and material and must be prepared to replace all our pilots, observers and machines at this rate….” Brig. Gen. Robert Brooke-Popham “Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals

BOOK REVIEW – The Court-Martial of Paul Revere: A Son of Liberty and America’s Forgotten Military Disaster

By Michael M. Greenburg, University Press of New England, Lebanon, NH (2014) Reviewed by Rear Adm. James D. Cossey, USN (Ret.) The Court-Martial of Paul Revere is a ‘three-fer’ book: a biography of Paul Revere, the story of the American Revolution and the early struggles of the Republic, and a detailed account of the 1779

BOOK REVIEW – The Most Dangerous Moment of the War: Japan’s Attack on the Indian Ocean, 1942

By John Clancy, Casemate Publishers, Oxford, UK (2015) Reviewed by Michael F. Solecki Naval activities in the Indian Ocean during World War II are rarely talked about in U.S. historical circles as it was primarily a British theater. In 1942 when the war broke out, Ceylon (modern day Sri-Lanka) was home base to the British