Directory of Naval Historians

With a mission of preserving, educating, and commemorating naval history, the Naval Historical Foundation frequently interacts with scholars and has performed a commendable job as a “network enabler” to connect those with common interests to collaborate on projects, panels, and research as well as setting up mentors for up and coming scholars. Included among the many initiatives that the NHF has taken to foster scholarship is support for the International Journal of Naval History, the publication of the e-letters WE-Pull Together (conference, call for paper announcements) and Naval History Book Reviews (book reviews!); and the maintenance of a cadre of subject matter experts available for public speaking opportunities.

The naval historian network has been rather informal. If a request comes in about thesis research support, a lecturer, or best book on a subject, an e-mail goes out to a select few asking “who is most knowledgeable on this topic.”

What has become apparent is the talent pool to draw from is actually quite extensive. First, there are many individuals who focused their academic scholarship on the study of naval history, but the job market has forced them to work in other historical fields. Then there are individuals who have become students of naval history through non-traditional routes, but have published widely respected tomes and articles on the subject.

Given the scope of knowledgeable individuals in the field, the Naval Historical Foundation seeks to assemble a useable database that can be shared on an “as-needed” basis. We intend to maintain it as an internal “living” document that is continuously updated. For members interested in acquiring the database for historical research support or for identifying potential moderators/panelists at conferences, we can arrange to make hard copies available for a nominal fee to cover printing and mailing.

Thus if you have the credentials or experience to be placed on this list, we would like to hear from you. As a benefit/reward of filling out this registration form, we will offer you the opportunity to receive our WE-Pull Together/Naval History Book Reviews E-letters (sent 2-3x per month) if desired. Of course if you have not already joined, we would certainly encourage you to become a full-fledged member of the Naval Historical Foundation to take advantage of the additional networking and professional development opportunities that our organization fosters.

There are two options for qualified naval historians to submit a registration to the directory. The first is to fill out the online application, the second is to download the PDF form, fill it out, and email it to the Foundation’s Dr. Dave Winkler. Links for both registration options are below:

Fill out the Online Registration Form


Download the Naval Historian Registration Form

If you choose to download, please submit your completed form to Dr. Dave Winkler at

14 Responses to Directory of Naval Historians

  1. I joined the USN 03/25/1965. I served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk CVA 63 from 1965 to 1967. I then put in a chit to be transferred and was assigned to Cam Rahn Bay RVN 1968 through 1969. I am trying to find the orders that temporarily assigned me south of Saigon at Nha be for about three months during the middle of my tour in country. I worked at Nha be’s Helicopter pad where I rearmed both sea wolf and Army ships. When asked I went along with Army ships to add a bit more firepower. While I was assigned to Nha Be Frank George Antone was killed on Dec 23, 1967. I retired in 2008 USAR with a total of 31 years of service my last tour was in Iraq in 2006. Can you suggest what would be the best way to obtain my detailed records or Deck Logs from both Cam Rahn Bay and Nha Be during my tour? My USN records were summarized when I transferred to the Army in 1977 when I joined the MNARMYNG. My service with the Navy was one sheet in my 201 files. My USN Service Number was 9188093. USN Any assistance suggestions would be great.

  2. Chris Lindley says:

    I am looking for a source for all missing American Navy ships that are still listed as missing. Thank you for any help

    • admin says:

      We are not aware of a single comprehensive resource. We also checked with the Underwater Archaeology branch at the Naval History and Heritage Command and they are not aware of a single resource, either. There are a few places you can begin to look, though:

      1) A 1934 article in the US Naval Institute’s “Proceedings” magazine called “Vanished Ships”

      2) The Naval History and Heritage Command has a few lists for ships lost during war and in storms:

  3. Eric Buzzi says:

    Hello, I am looking for sources on the topic of the steel used in the armoring of battleships. I need details on what alloys were used, the process of the manufacture, and how it was applied to the battleship itself.

    Thank you

  4. Dave Holcomb says:

    I am Hello:

    I am searching for information about the war that involved the US Navy around the Admiralty Islands during 1944. Useful info would be what area did the Navy have air bases on land and what aircraft carriers did they utilize at sea. What aircraft did they use on the missions and what did the missions involve.

    I was recently contacted by a certified Forensic Genealogist working with the US Navy concerning a distant relative of mine that was an airman or officer in the US Navy in 1944. The US Navy believe they have found remains of my relative and have asked me for a DNA sample to be used to identify the persons remains.

    I am just interested in getting info on things that occurred and the equipment that the Navy used during the war.

    Thank You,
    Dave Holcomb

  5. katherine says:

    my aunt sent me pictures and a cd of my grandfather, he was on an island, but i cant tell exactly where it was, it is facinating, i am willing to share this with whomever my be interested.

  6. D. Hassan says:

    I came across this Naval Record Hospital Ticket and I think the man is my great grand father. How can I find out who this James Henry Pait is from Navy records? Does this mean this man was actually in the Navy or was he just getting an entrance exam?

    My great grand father was born and lived in St. Louis, MO.
    Thank you for any help in this matter.

  7. D. Hassan says:

    Ops sorry forgot to show you the record…..

    Name: James Henry Pait
    Birth: abt 1862
    Birth place: IL
    Admittance Date: 26 Sep 1879
    Age at admit: 17
    Hospital Location: New York, New York, US

    Form G.
    USS Constitution
    Navy Yard N.Y.Sept. 26, 1879
    To the Medical Officer in charge of the
    Naval Hospital at New York
    The following Patient, with his effects, is herby transferrd to your charge:
    Name (in full) and grade: James Henry Pait, 3rd C. Boy
    Native of: Illinois, Age: 17 years.
    Shipped at: St. Louis MO, Aug 15 1879
    Disease (from nomenclature) Hemarrhois interona
    Time and place of occurence, or ??es between which there was continuous exposure to morbific cause: Of long standing prior to enlistment
    Origin: There is “no” evidence thatiw was in line of duty, the facts being as follows, viz: Condition is of long standing. Patient is anemic and dibilitated from repeated hemorrhages Has had several attacks of malarial fever

  8. Joel Dobson says:

    I am searching for any Navy, Army, Marine, or Air Force personnel who were involved in the creation of the first SIOP (Single Integrated Operations Plan), at Hq SAC, Omaha, Nebraska, in late 1960. This was the first nuclear combined force war plan, created by the JCS and to be directed by Air Force General Thomas Power. Total number of personnel assigned was 269, including 28 Naval. I am writing the biography of General Power and need to contact anyone involved in SIOP-62. If you or anyone you know was involved in SIOP-62, I would certainly appreciate any information.
    Thank you.

  9. Sarah Bowman says:

    I am looking for someone who knows about the screening formations used by destroyers to screen aircraft carriers pre WWII and then during and post WWII.

  10. We are in need of a naval historian to help proof a manuscript regarding the Great White Fleet (1907-1909).

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