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The Opportunity to Make History: Vietnam War Hero’s Flight to Freedom Remembered

“The bravest guy I know. He didn’t have enough gas to make it back to the beach when Midway gave him an opportunity to make history.”    – Rear Admiral Larry Chambers, USN (Ret.) on Buang-Ly’s historic landing on the deck … Continue reading

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Norman’s Corner: A Man for All Seasons

By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the 27th a series of blogs by Norman Polmar—author, analyst, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here. Mr. Polmar is now traveling abroad and the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Unseen War: Allied Air Power and the Takedown of Saddam Hussein

The Unseen War:  Allied Air Power and the Takedown of Saddam Hussein By Benjamin S. Lambeth, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2013) Reviewed by John T. Kuehn, Ph.D. Ben Lambeth of the RAND Corporation is one of the premier historians … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – You Cannot Surge Trust: Combined Naval Operations of the Royal Australian Navy, Canadian Navy, Royal Navy, and United States Navy, 1991-2003

You Cannot Surge Trust: Combined Naval Operations of the Royal Australian Navy, Canadian Navy, Royal Navy, and United States Navy, 1991-2003 Edited by Gary Weir and Sandra Doyle, Naval History & Heritage Command, Washington, DC. (2013) Reviewed by Corbin Williamson … Continue reading

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MOVIE REVIEW – Murph: The Protector: The True Story Of Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy

Murph:  The Protector:  The True Story Of Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy Video produced by Scott Mactavish, Mactavish Pictures New York, NY. (2013). Reviewed by Nathan Albright It is altogether fitting that Murph: The Protector should be seen in … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – At the Crossroads Between Peace and War: The London Naval Conference of 1930

At the Crossroads Between Peace and War:  The London Naval Conference of 1930 By John H. Maurer and Christopher M. Bell, Eds., Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2014) Reviewed by Joseph Moretz The naval conference that met in London from … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole

Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole By Sheldon Bart, Regnery History, Washington, DC (2013) Reviewed by Ingo Heidbrink, Ph.D. Race to the Top of the World, by Sheldon Bart, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Captain Bulloch: The Life of James Dunwoody Bulloch, Naval Agent of the Confederacy

Captain Bulloch:  The Life of James Dunwoody Bulloch, Naval Agent of the Confederacy By Stephen Chapin Kinnaman, Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, IN.  (2013) Reviewed by Mark Lardas James Dunwoody Bulloch is best known as the man behind the Civil War’s … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Vol. 1

Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Vol. 1 By Arthur Marder, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2013) (reprint) Reviewed by Winn Price Of the first of five volumes that compose Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, this review addresses Volume I, titled “the Road … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – American Sniper: Memorial Edition

American Sniper: Memorial Edition By Chris Kyle, with Jim Defelice and Scott McEwen, William Morrow, New York, NY, (2013) Reviewed by Stephen Phillips The war on terrorism will be the source of many memoirs. All of them will undoubtedly provide … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Gun Bay: A Tale of Shipwreck on Grand Cayman

Gun Bay: A Tale of Shipwreck on Grand Cayman — An Edward Ballantyne Novel By William H. White, Sea Fiction Press, Red Bank, NJ. (2013) Reviewed by Capt. Roger Jones, USN (Ret.) Gun Bay is a sea-going novel that incorporates … Continue reading

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Norman’s Corner: A Most Unforgettable Character

By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the 26th a series of blogs by Norman Polmar—author, analyst, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here.) Being a “character” is a very positive description … Continue reading

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Pacific Fleet Commander Visits Cold War Gallery

Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and his staff visited the National Museum of the U.S. Navy’s Cold War Gallery last Thursday.  Admiral Harris was in town for official business, but managed to swing by and visit the … Continue reading

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Going Ashore: Naval Ship to Shore Power for Humanitarian Services

By George Stewart This paper was originally intended to be a follow on my experiences as an engineer aboard commercial tankers. The original intent was to provide a description of World War II-built turboelectric Destroyer Escorts and to illustrate the … Continue reading

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Alfred, Ahoy! Foster Humfreville and His Cryptic Cartoons of World War II

“With rare exceptions Alfred disapproves of everything he sees when on shore leave, although he does not object to others enjoying themselves.” The Naval Historical Foundation received a few “rare editions” from a box of donated books last month.  Included … Continue reading

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