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 of a person.  To me, a character is one who thinks for himself or herself,

A Stag Party with President Truman and Some Fleet Admirals

On May 6, 1947, a party was held in Washington, D.C.  Among the honored guests there: A president, a few politicians, and a majority of the most important and influential officers in United States military history.  They all came to the “stag party” (according to President Truman’s presidential diary entry) to honor General George Marshall,

BOOK REVIEW – Shield of Dreams: Missile Defense and U. S. – Russian Nuclear Strategy

By Stephen J. Cimbala, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, (2008). Reviewed by Captain Roger F. Jones, USN (Ret.) According to author Stephen Cimbala, Shield of Dreams is “a policy study that provides a focused discussion of missile defenses and their relationship to Russian-U.S. nuclear arms control and nuclear deterrence relationships and nuclear proliferation [. .

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Group Seeks to Bring ex-USS Charles F Adams to Jacksonville

A few weeks ago, we shared the story of our trip to Philadelphia to scavenge parts off a Cold War destroyer, ex-USS Forrest Sherman. Moored alongside Forrest Sherman is another decommissioned destroyer, ex-USS Charles F. Adams (DDG 2). Coincidentally, just days prior to our trip to Philadelphia, we had the opportunity to meet with John

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USNA Class of 1951 Raises $51,000 for Navy’s Cold War Gallery

The Cold War enveloped the Naval Academy Class of 1951. As they entered upon their four years of education and training in Annapolis the words of Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech still echoed in Bancroft Hall. After four years they graduated and were commissioned as ensigns and second lieutenants in the Navy, Marines and Air

USS Providence Veterans Recall Operation Lion’s Den

The Foundation has been busily occupied preparing the new exhibit “Into the Lion’s Den” for the Cold War Gallery, and on Thursday, 3 May, we were reminded of the reason we strive to build such exhibits in the first place. The National Navy Museum and the Cold War Gallery were honored by a visit from

New Photo Donation: Submarine USS Besugo (SS 321)

From time to time, we get something interesting or surprising in the mail. We recently received a wonderful collection of photographs – completely unsolicited – from Marie Gennette. Upon opening this unexpected package, we were delighted to find dozens of black and white images from the 1940’s. The photographs were from the collection of her

Salvaging Exhibit Artifacts from a Decommissioned Destroyer

The new exhibit for the Cold War Gallery, “Into the Lion’s Den,” is scheduled to open this summer at the Washington Navy Yard. Construction on the exhibit is ongoing (see our recent update here) but we are still in the process of obtaining some of the many artifacts that will be on display. The centerpiece

“Into the Lion’s Den” Exhibit Construction: On Schedule

Construction of the new Cold War Gallery exhibit, “Into the Lion’s Den,” is progressing nicely. The exhibit remembers the 1972 night battle in the narrow, mined confines of Haiphong Harbor between U.S. Navy surface warships and aircraft, and North Vietnamese PT boats. The centerpiece of the new exhibit will be a reconstruction of the armored

BOOK REVIEW: Stockpile – The Story Behind 10,000 Strategic Nuclear Weapons

By Jerry Miller, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, ( 2010) Reviewed by Charles Bogart This well-written and crafted book is an insider’s look at how the United States’ strategic nuclear weapon stockpile grew from three weapons in 1945 to over 10,000 in 1980 and then began to shrink to its present level of some 2,000.

Sub Exhibit at Cold War Gallery Formally Accepted by Under SECNAV

In a letter to Foundation President VADM Robert F. Dunn, USN (Ret), dated 21 March 2012, Undersecretary of the Navy Robert O. Work formally accepted the Covert Submarine Operations exhibit in the Cold War Gallery on behalf of the Department of the Navy. Construction of this exhibit was completed in 2011 by Design and Production,

New Exhibit to be Built for Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery

Design and Production, Inc., a leading builder of large, complex museum exhibits, has been contracted to build “Into the Lion’s Den,” a new Cold War Gallery exhibit at the U.S. Navy Museum. Scheduled for completion by June 2012 as commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam begins, “Into the Lion’s Den” describes