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Declaration of the War of 1812 to be Read at Navy Museum

Next Monday, 18 June, at the National Museum of the United States Navy, there will be a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. The declaration of war will be read aloud, and a performance by the Chanteymen of Ship’s Company will follow. For information on visiting the Museum

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Group Seeks to Bring ex-USS Charles F Adams to Jacksonville

A few weeks ago, we shared the story of our trip to Philadelphia to scavenge parts off a Cold War destroyer, ex-USS Forrest Sherman. Moored alongside Forrest Sherman is another decommissioned destroyer, ex-USS Charles F. Adams (DDG 2). Coincidentally, just days prior to our trip to Philadelphia, we had the opportunity to meet with John

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DUAL BOOK REVIEW: US Submarines 1900-35 and Defeating the U-Boat: Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare

US Submarines 1900-35 by Jim Christley, Osprey Publishing, 2011.         Defeating the U-Boat: Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare by Jan S. Breemer, Dept. of the Navy, 2010.     Reviewed by James-Joseph Ahern Introduced into naval service at the start of the Twentieth-Century, the submarine presented the first threat to the century old concept

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War of 1812 Bicentennial Exhibit opens June 10 at the Maryland Historical Society

“In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812” During this anniversary year, two centuries removed from the War of 1812, America’s “Second War of Independence,” the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is retelling a dramatic story. With five thousand square feet of displays and more than a hundred historic artifacts, the largest bicentennial exhibit

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Craig Symonds: Connecting the War of 1812 and the Battle of Midway

The following speech was presented on 3 June 2012 by Dr. Craig Symonds at the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner at the Army-Navy Country Club, Arlington, Virginia. You can watch a video of the presentation here. Admiral Greenert, distinguished guests, and especially veterans of the Battle of Midway … don’t we all

CNO and Symonds Talks Highlight 2012 Midway Commemoration Dinner Event

This past weekend at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia, some 200 guests gathered to salute seven veterans in attendance, and the memories of  thousands more, who fought in one of the greatest battles in naval history – the Battle of Midway. In the late 1990s, retired World War II veteran Vice Admiral

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USNA Class of 1951 Raises $51,000 for Navy’s Cold War Gallery

The Cold War enveloped the Naval Academy Class of 1951. As they entered upon their four years of education and training in Annapolis the words of Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech still echoed in Bancroft Hall. After four years they graduated and were commissioned as ensigns and second lieutenants in the Navy, Marines and Air

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Photographer Remembers Sinking of USS Yorktown (CV-5)

By CDR William G. Roy, USN(Ret). CDR Roy describes his experience as a member of the salvage party on board the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) during the Battle of Midway. CDR Roy is a long time Naval Historical Foundation member. I was a member of the Yorktown salvage party. I volunteered 5 June 1942.

New History Published on US Navy’s Seventh Fleet

A new book has been published by the Naval History and Heritage Command, authored by historian Dr. Edward J. Marolda. It is titled Ready Seapower: A History of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. This historical study covers the service in the Asia-Pacific region of the U.S. Seventh Fleet during the 20th and 21st centuries. The Fleet

Call for Papers: International Journal of Naval History

The International Journal of Naval History recently put out a call for papers, with a particular interest in naval and maritime scholarship related to World War I. The 100th anniversary of that conflict is approaching, and historians and scholars are asked to submit papers to the IJNH editorial board for consideration. IJNH is an online,

Battleship Iowa Departs for Los Angeles

Our good friend Bob Fish from the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Museum was on hand for the departure of the battleship ex-USS Iowa from Richmond, CA. You may recall that he shared some great photos in November of the battleship arriving in Richmond for much-needed repair work, see our earlier story. On Saturday, 26 May

Interview with Captain Jerry Hendrix, New Director of Naval History

The following interview is an interview with Captain Henry J. “Jerry” Hendrix, USN, who took over as Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command on 14 May 2012. He is the author of Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy – The U.S. Navy and the Birth of the American Century. Can you give us some biography

2012 Beach Naval History Award: Midshipman Zach Schwartz

Continuing a 10-year tradition, the Naval Historical Foundation on 24 May 2012 presented the Captain Edward L. Beach, Jr. Naval History Award to Midshipman First Class Zachary D. Schwartz, for his contributions to the study of naval and military history during his four years at the U.S. Naval Academy. Assisting NHF Executive Director with the

Into the Lion’s Den Exhibit Installation Underway

All of the hard work and generous donations that have gone into development of the new “Into the Lion’s Den” exhibit at the Cold War Gallery are finally coming together. This week, Design and Production, Inc. has begun preliminary installation of the exhibit in Building 70 at the Washington Navy Yard. The work is being