War of 1812 Bicentennial Heritage Speakers Survey

Opportunity: Since 1997, the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) has maintained a list of members who are available to speak to groups on naval historical topics in their areas of expertise.  Many of our speakers are scholars who have conducted research and are widely published.  Other speakers are Navy veterans “who were there” or have strong

BOOK REVIEW: Manila and Santiago – The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War

by Jim Leeke, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2009). Reviewed by JJ Ahern Theodore Roosevelt referred to the Spanish-American War as a “splendid little war.” It is the shortest declared war in United States history – lasting only four months – and catapulted the nation to colonial power with the acquisition of territories in the

BOOK REVIEW: To Train the Fleet for War – The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923-1940

by Albert A. Nofi, Naval War College Press. Newport, RI (2010) Reviewed by Corbin Williamson Albert Nofi’s To Train the Fleet for War: The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923-1940 adds to the growing literature on the interwar United States Navy with a discussion of the organization and course of fleet problems. Nofi is an accomplished

Call for Papers: The Falklands War 30 Years On

CALL FOR PAPERS The Falklands War 30 years on. A one day conference at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth 19 May 2012 This conference will provide new, early career and established scholars the opportunity to present new research and perspectives on the 1982 Falklands Conflict. It will focus on the war at

The OLYMPIA as Icon of an Age

The following remarks were delivered by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Cooling, (historian and author of USS Olympia: Herald of Empire) at the Independence Seaport Museum Summit on Olympia, 30 March 2011. The Independence Seaport Museum is in the process of selecting a new caretaker for the historic cruiser. Please read this article for an update on

BOOK REVIEW: Journey to Command – The Naval Career of Captain J.C. Smith

by Carol Smith, www.booksurge.com, Charleston, SC, (2009) 186 pp. Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart While this book focuses on the naval career of Captain John C. Smith U.S. Navy, the book is more than just a biography. Written by his wife Carol, using material gathered from her husband, the book, as written, is autobiographical in

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Accepting Submissions for Annual Awards

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is now accepting submissions for its annual awards program. Each year, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presents a series of awards honoring the outstanding, creative work of individuals in preserving and propagating the history, traditions and culture of the Marine Corps. Marines and civilians alike may submit their own entries

Call for Papers: North American Society for Oceanic History

The Multifaceted Maritime World Maritime Worlds: Transportation, Sciences, Fisheries, Communities, Conflict, Commerce The North American Society of Oceanic Historians (NASOH) will hold its conference and annual meeting in Galveston from Sunday, 22 April, through Thursday, 26 April. The headquarters hotel will be the Tremont Hotel in historic downtown Galveston. Texas A&M University at Galveston will

Jerry L. Weltzin Recalls Serving in USS Jason (AR 8)

On Wednesday 31 August, 2011, NHF member Thomas Ostrom, along with Kenneth A. Thamert, Joseph Connell, and James Graham interviewed Jerry L. Weltzin, a proud U.S. Navy veteran and retired IBM employee. Sharing a background of military service (highlighted below), the enthusiastic interrogators elicited information and stories from former ETR1 (lst Class Electronics Technician, Radar)

BOOK REVIEW: Project AZORIAN – the CIA and the Raising of the K-129

by Norman Polmar and Michael White. Naval Institute Press, 2010. 173 pp. Reviewed by Captain James B. Bryant, U.S. Navy (Retired) The year 1968 was bad for submarines.  In January the Israelis and the French lost their diesel-electric powered submarines Dakar and Minerve at sea with all hands and a submerged grounding badly damaged the

Called to Ground Zero

Originally published in Notre Dame Magazine by Patrick Burns ’86 Captain Burns heads the Navy’s Office of Commemorations office across from the Naval Historical Foundation On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was in the Norfolk, Virginia, office of Commodore Scott Jones when someone came in and said, “Hey, you’re from New York. A

NHF Supports Society of Sponsors Website

Earlier this year, the Society of Sponsors of the United States Navy launched their first website, with the support of the Naval Historical Foundation. Going forward, the site is being hosted by the Foundation, continuing our long partnership with the Society. Sponsors are named by the Secretary of the Navy, and participate in many of

BOOK REVIEW: Warriors and Wizards – The Development and Defeat of Radio Controlled Glide Bombs of the Third Reich

by Martin J. Bollinger, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2010), 269 pp Reviewed by Captain Roger F. Jones, U.S. Navy (Retired) This is a very interesting and superbly written book about German glide bombs, a relatively little-known weapon used against the Allied Navies in the Mediterranean and the littoral Atlantic waters of Europe during August