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 www.ijnhonline.org, 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

or

Download the Naval Historian Registration Form

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

7 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

  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

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