Category Archives: News

Integrity at the Helm: Gerald R. Ford Museum Exhibit Displays Past, Present, and Future of Aircraft Carriers

Naval Historical Foundation Executive Director Captain Todd Creekman, USN (Ret.) attended the opening of a new exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan last Monday. The exhibit, called “Taking the Seas: Rise of the American … Continue reading

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Fresh Water Wash-Down: When Foul Weather Impacted Naval History

Most people in the United States (especially the East Coast) know that the Atlantic Hurricane Season lasts from the beginning of June until the end of November. During those six months, we anxiously watch our television screens as each successive … Continue reading

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10 Years, 10 Ports: A Look at Navy Ports of Call in the 1980s

A few days ago, we asked our FACEBOOK fans what their favorite port of call was while in the Navy. Summer is here, and the wanderlust for vacation is heavy. We got a few responses, but are still looking for more! If … Continue reading

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Going Ashore: Naval Operations in Casco Bay During World War II (Part III)

By George Stewart (This is the third in a series of blog posts covering the various operations conducted in Maine during WWII. To read Parts I and II of George Stewart’s blog series about Casco Bay during WWII, go HERE … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

By Steve Sheinkin, Roaring Book Press, New York, NY (2014) Review by: Aldona Sendzikas, Ph.D. How do you explain racism to teenagers—specifically, the existence of institutionalized racism and segregation in the U.S. Navy during most of its history? This is … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Ambushed Under the Southern Cross

By Captain George Duffy, Xlibris Corp., Bloomington (2008) Reviewed by Captain J.A. Peschka, Jr. If you still get excited and riveted to your chair when you read a good sea story, then Ambushed under the Southern Cross is for you. … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

By Lincoln Paine, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY (2013) Reviewed by Sam Craghead This book could easily be titled, “The Greatest Sea Story Ever Told.”  The subtitle proffers the scope of the work, which Lincoln Paine delivers in grand … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Port of Houston

By Mark Lardas, Arcadia Publishing, Mt. Pleasant, SC (2013) Reviewed by Terry Miller Mark Lardas takes the reader through the history of the Port of Houston from its earliest days in the new Republic of Texas in 1836 to the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Naval Air Station Jacksonville

By Ronald M.Williamson and Emily Savoca, Arcadia Publishing, Mt. Pleasant, SC, (2013). Reviewed By: Rodney Carlisle, Ph. D. This short photographic collection is one of more than 8,000 volumes produced by Arcadia Publishing in its “Images of America” series on … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – SUBIC: A Sailor’s Memoir

By Barbara Perkins-Brown, Self Published Reviewed By Lori Bogle. Ph.D. Barbara Perkins-Brown’s Subic: A Sailor’s Memoir is a tribute to her father Bobby Earl Perkins.  Perkins joined the Navy in the late 1960s to escape the segregated South only to become a … Continue reading

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World War II-Era Bottles Donated to the Naval History and Heritage Command

A few of us in the room stared at the vase as the amber-colored liquid poured out of the bottle.  There was a surprising hiss of carbonation once the bottle cap came off. NHF Executive Director Captain Todd Creekman, USN … Continue reading

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The Hanoi Hilton and Racial Adversity: Junior Naval Historians Shine at National History Day

Thousands of excited and energetic students from around the country packed into the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center last Thursday to participate in the awards ceremony for National History Day. The event is the culmination of a busy week for … Continue reading

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8 Groups of Sailors Ready for the Weekend

1. A Good Weekend Requires Planning (NARA Photo: 80-G-431069) 2. Playing Cards Will Help Pass the Time (LOC Image: LC-DIG-det-4a14373) 3. It Might Require Travel (LOC Image: LC-USF34-039283-D) 4. Get Plenty of Rest the Night Before   (NARA Image: 80-G-471182) … Continue reading

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So Proudly We Hail: The History of the United States Flag

By Aaron McDougal, 2014 NHF Summer Intern Today marks the annual Flag Day celebration commemorating the adoption of the Star Spangled Banner as the national flag in 1777. The importance of the flag as the symbol of our country cannot … Continue reading

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A Young Man in a Brave New World: William Speiden Jr. and the Opening of Japan

“This has been an important and great day and on which the Second grand landing of the Americans in Japan took place. I was fortunate enough on the occasion of the First landing to be one of those who landed.” … Continue reading

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