U.S. military personnel taken prisoner during the Vietnam War endured years of brutal captivity. Take a look at this video which describes the experience of captured U.S. naval aviators and their “Battle Behind Bars,” currently featured in the U.S. Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery, at the Washington Navy Yard. The video was developed by the
Every other year, top scholars, historians, and professionals gather at the McMullen Naval History Symposium at the United States Naval Academy. They have the opportunity to listen to lectures on cutting edge research, network with their peers, and soak in the history on the beautiful grounds of the Academy in Annapolis. This year, conference participants
Popular Culture & American Culture Associations National Conference pcaaca.org/ April 16-19, 2014 Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile Chicago, IL Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, with four papers each. You may propose individual papers, special panels, or sessions organized around a theme. Possible sea-related topics include, but are not limited to: Movies, art, music
We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Naval Historical Foundation “The Navy” art calendar is now available for purchase. It features artwork covering 239 years of Navy and Marine Corps action. The calendar is a tribute to the men and women who have fought to protect our nation, to deter aggression, and to maintain
We just wanted to let everyone know that our office at the Washington Navy Yard re-opened late last week, and we are operating normally. If you are planning a visit to the Yard for research purposes or to visit the Navy Museum or Cold War Gallery, we encourage you to contact us in advance. Security
Due to the incident Monday morning 16 September 2013, at Washington Navy Yard, the NHF office is currently closed. All NHF personnel are safe and accounted for.
On Tuesday evening, the Naval Historical Foundation sponsored a reception at the National Museum of the United States Navy, celebrating the Bicentennial of the Navy’s great victory at the Battle of Lake Erie. That War of 1812 naval battle ended in a stunning defeat of a British squadron, and gave the United States uncontested
By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the fifteenth in a series of blogs by Norman Polmar, author, analyst, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here.) During my professional career I have consulted to three foreign navies—Australian, Chinese, and Israeli—as well as to several foreign commercial firms.
We’re always interested to hear about the ship model projects our members and friends are busy working on. We recently heard from NHF member Robert Allen, who has completed a detailed model of U.S. Brig Niagara, from the War of 1812. As we come up on the 200th anniversary of the great American victory in
By Captain George Stewart, USN (RET) This is the third in a series of articles by Captain Stewart detailing the technical specifications, manning, and operations of the U.S. Navy’s Fletcher class destroyers. In my previous two articles (read Part 1 here, read Part 2 here) I gave technical and manning overviews of the U.S. Navy’s
Tapes from the History of Early Radio recording project that was conducted by Rear Admiral Edwin Hooper have been transcribed by Naval Historical Foundation retired Yeoman Chief Frank Arre. Dr. Jonathan Winkler of Wright State University (no relation to the NHF’s Dr. David Winkler) is editing the transcripts for eventual publication. The reel-to-reel tapes spent
Admiral James L. Holloway, III, USN (Retired) served as President and later Chairman of the Naval Historical Foundation for 28 years. The retired Chief of Naval Operations is currently our Chairman Emeritus, and still drops in to say hello from time to time. This morning, we received new copies of his book, Aircraft Carriers at
By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the fourteenth in a series of blogs by Norman Polmar, author, analyst, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here.) About the time that he was named Secretary of the Navy in February 1981, John F. Lehman met with two of
By Dr. Bill Dudley The recent news of Rear Admiral John D. H. Kane, Jr.’s death brought back a flood of memories among those who recall his days as the Director of Naval History and the Naval Historical Center (now the Naval History and Heritage Command). He had a distinguished career, reaching back to his
By Captain George Stewart, USN (RET) This is the second in a series of articles by Captain Stewart detailing the technical specifications, manning, and operations of the U.S. Navy’s Fletcher class destroyers. My previous article (read Part 1 here) gave an overview of the U.S. Navy’s highly successful Fletcher class destroyer. In this article I