Interview with Cold War Gallery Aircraft Model Builder

We recently asked the aircraft model builder for the Cold War Gallery, Lieutenant Commander Michael “PYSCHO” McLeod, USN (Ret.), to share with us the process he uses to build the incredible models on display in the Gallery. Below are his responses to our questions. To see a gallery of the models he has built, visit

Maritime Documentation Internship 2012

The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) are pleased to announce the Maritime Documentation Internship. The internship will permit a student or recent graduate of architecture or history, interested in maritime preservation, to work as a summer intern on a Historic American Engineering Record maritime documentation project. The

Upcoming Additions to Vietnam War Booklet Series

The Naval Historical Foundation and the Naval History and Heritage Command are co-sponsoring a series of illustrated booklets to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam War series, co-edited by Dr. Edward J. Marolda, former Senior Historian of the Navy, and Ms. Sandra Doyle of NHHC, will feature

Afghan War Books Acquired by Navy Department Library

The Naval Historical Foundation is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of three vintage 19th century books for the Navy Department Library. If you recall in November, NHF made an appeal, called “Bucks for Books,” to raise funds for the acquisition of these books for the Library. A number of generous donors stepped forward, and

BOOK REVIEW: The Lady Gangster – A Sailor’s Memoir

By Del Staecker, Cable Publishing, Brule, WI, (2009). Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart The author is the son of Irvin H. Staecker who served on board the Lady Gangster from 1941 to 1945. The Lady Gangster was the crew’s name for USS Fuller (APA 6). The ship’s nickname developed from the fact that many of

Brown Water Navy in Vietnam

2012 marks the beginning of commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration has launched a website (www.vietnamwar50th.com) which has information on the anniversary, and on the war itself. The website is a work in progress, and features an expansive interactive timeline of the war, featuring

HNSA 2012 Conference – Call for Papers

The Historic Naval Ships Association is looking for topics for sessions and presentations for their 2012 Conference to be held in Key West, FL on 19-22 September 2012. Please contact HNSA Conference Chair Toby Oothoudt at tobyo@bex.net, or call at 419-340-2721. For more information visit the Historic Naval Ships Association website.

BOOK REVIEW: The True Story of a Destroyer Sailor’s Life at Sea During World War II

By Jerome S. Welna, Heritage Books, Westminster, MD, (2009). Reviewed by J. Wandres Jerome S. Welna makes a heroic effort to tell The True Story of a Destroyer Sailor’s Life at Sea During World War II. The first 90 pages give a pocket peek at events causing and leading to World War II. Welna relies

A New Independent Film Project: The Battle off Samar

We recently learned about a new film project being developed about the Battle off Samar. An independent group of filmmakers is working on a virtual recreation of this pivotal American victory in the Pacific during World War II – one of the great “upsets” in naval history. This ambitious project is currently in the research

Neil Armstrong Visits Cold War Gallery

The Cold War Gallery at the Washington Navy Yard played host to a surprise visitor on Friday – Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. He stopped by for a private visit, arranged by his friend Captain Ted Bronson, USN (Ret). Armstrong has a personal connection to the Gallery. A model

Call for Proposals for the Adams-Collins Dissertation Prize 2012-13

The John A. Adams ‘71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis Department of History Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Virginia 24450 For the academic year 2012-13, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute will offer a grant to support dissertation research in the history of