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BOOK REVIEW – The Second Pearl Harbor: The West Loch Disaster, May 21, 1944

By Gene Eric Salecher University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK (2014) Reviewed by Charles C. Kolb, Ph.D. Among the maritime accidents during World War II in the Pacific Theater is the 1944 Port Chicago disaster, a munitions explosion at the … Continue reading

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#GivingTuesday: Help Preserve Our Naval History

Keep Naval History Alive! On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, thousands will give back during #GivingTuesday. This social celebration is just one way that you, your family, your community, your company or your organization can make a difference in the preservation, … Continue reading

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Society for the History of Navy Medicine 7th Meeting

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce a call for papers to its 7th meeting. Our meeting will take place in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Association of the History of Medicine … Continue reading

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The Navy’s Love Affair with Celery and Creamed Vegetables: A Navy Thanksgiving Menu Analysis

By Matthew T. Eng Thanksgiving. The unofficial start of the holiday season. It’s that magical time of the year when friends and families come together to share stories and a wonderful meal. It’s a time to kick back and relax. … Continue reading

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Steady Nerves and Stout Hearts on Veterans Day

By Cmdr Jason Grower, USN Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 Every now and again, we have an opportunity to reflect for a moment on the heritage of those who have gone before us.  Veterans Day is one such opportunity.  The day originally … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Cold War Command: The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner

Captain Dan Conley RN (Ret.) OBE and Captain Richard Woodman, Merchant Navy, (Ret), Seaforth Publishing, Inc., Barnsley, England (2014) Reviewed by Rear Admiral William J. Holland, Jr. USN (Ret.) The authors use Conley in the third person as the vehicle to … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Sunk in Kula Gulf: The Final Voyage of USS Helena and the Incredible Story of Her Survivors in World War II

By John J. Domagalski, Potomac Books, Washington, DC (2012) Reviewed by John Grady The greatest strength of John Domagalski’s Sunk in Kula Gulf lies in the interviews he conducted with survivors of the cruiser Helena’s sinking after it was torpedoed … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – We’ll All Die As Marines: One Marine’s Journey from Private to Colonel

By Colonel Jim Bathurst USMC (Ret), IUniverse, (2012) Reviewed by Curt Marsh, Col USMCR (Ret) This is a very engaging autobiography of one Marine’s career worth reading by fellow Marines as well as anyone interested in recent Marine Corps history. … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with Al Qaeda

By Daniel R. Green and William F. Mullen III, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2014) Reviewed by Craig Whiteside Events this past summer in Iraq have been disappointing to those observers who felt that Iraq was on the road to … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Deadly PT Boat Patrols, A History: Task Group 50.1 New Guinea 1942-43

By Allan L. Lawrence, Self-Published with assistance from the Ellington Printery, Ellington, CT (2014) Reviewed by Nathan D. Wells The strategic impact that the U.S. Navy exercised during the Second World War, especially in the Pacific Theater of Operations, is … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Silent Strength: Remembering the Men of Genius and Adventure Lost in the World’s Worst Submarine Disaster

By D. Allen Kerr, Jetty House, Portsmouth, NH (2014) Reviewed by Greg Stitz Silent Strength: Remembering the Men of Genius and Adventure Lost in the World’s Worst Submarine Disaster can best be summed up using the title of one of … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Fire On The Water: China, America, and the Future of the Pacific

By Robert Haddick, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2014) Reviewed by Nathan Albright This book is one of several (including the essay collection Rebalancing U.S. Forces) books published this year by the Naval Institute Press that encourages a greater awareness, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Axis Midget Submarines: 1939 – 1945

By Mark Stille and Jamie Prenatt, Osprey Press, Great Britain (2014) Reviewed by James H. McClelland Sr.          Senior Defense Department analyst Jamie E. Prenatt collaborated with retired Navy Commander and frequent Osprey author Mark E. Stille … Continue reading

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World War I Centennial Symposium: The Thirst is Real

By Matthew Eng “History never repeats itself. Sometimes, it rhymes” – Dr. Sean McMeekin A packed crowd huddled into the MacArthur Memorial Theater in Norfolk, VA yesterday to listen to several well-known authors and historians speak on various topics surrounding the … Continue reading

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Stakeholders of Naval History: Veterans Day 2014

What forces a man or woman to enlist in the Navy? What compels them to accept a commission as a naval officer? Where does that kind of dedication come from? When the sounds of gunfire can be heard on the … Continue reading

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