A Game of Inches – Navy Intelligence Highlighted at 73rd Midway Celebration Dinner

VIPs, invited guests, active duty military, and veterans braved torrential downpours last Thursday to attend the annual Battle of Midway Celebration Dinner at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the pivotal World War II battle that changed the face of the Pacific

Iwo Jima 40th Anniversary Exhibit at the Cannon House Office Building, 1985

It’s amazing what you can find at work. When you work for an organization that’s been around since 1926, you are bound to come across some really interesting items untouched over the years. We aren’t talking Holy Grail here, but interesting nonetheless. One such item popped up at the office this week: The edges were

CALL FOR PAPERS – Violent Skies: The Air War Over Vietnam

Violent Skies: The Air War Over Vietnam A Symposium Proposed for October 2015  Four military service historical foundations—the Air Force Historical Foundation, the Army Historical Foundation, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and the Naval Historical Foundation—recognize that a half century has passed since the United States became militarily engaged in Southeast Asia, and hope to

Cracking Gibraltar: The Union Takes Fort Fisher (PART III)

Cracking Gibraltar is a blog series from the Naval Historical Foundation that will discuss the Army-Navy relationship involved in taking Fort Fisher, the last remaining Confederate stronghold in the Atlantic. READ PART I and PARTII. PART III: Cracking Gibraltar Following the embarrassing show of force at Fort Fisher in December, General Grant and other wartime

Born on the Seventh of December: The Significance of a Pearl Harbor Birthday

By Matthew T. Eng There are some things in life we cannot change. As hard as we try, time ceaselessly moves alongside absolutes such as the changing of seasons or the color of the sky. You can even set your watch to the inexorability of afternoon traffic on the DC beltway. Of all these constants

From Russia with Love (and Respect): Russian Admiral Visits JPJ Birthplace

Before Commander Bond, there was an even more famous Scottish naval hero. Several weeks ago, a tiny museum along the Solway Firth received a most interesting visitor – a Russian Admiral. Former Russian submarine skipper Admiral Alexander Zhurkov visited the John Paul Jones Birthplace and Museum in Kirkbean, Scotland on 19 September. Admiral Zhurkov and

Air Medals Awarded to Vietnam Naval Aviators

“This is Blackbeard on board Newport News with a shore bombardment force in Haiphong Harbor. We are engaged with several enemy surface units and need illumination to sort things out. Any aircraft in the area give me a call on guard. What we really need are high-powered flares. Blackbeard out.”          

McPherson at SMH Dinner: “The Moral Courage of Risk Taking”

By John Grady The Navy was more successful in its campaigns like Port Royal, S.C. and New Orleans than the Army during the American Civil War particularly in the Virginia Theater.  According to Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson, it was “partially due to the professionalism of Navy leadership in high positions.”  Dr. McPherson answered these

Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. and the USS Cairo: The “Jonah Man” of the Civil War Navy

Today, we commemorate the 151st anniversary of the sinking of the ironclad USS Cairo.  The Cairo sank in the river during the 1862 Yazoo Pass Expedition.  This article is the beginning of a series of articles in partnership with the Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial, an official U.S. Navy commemoration. Americans today revel in stories of people

BOOK REVIEW – The Men of the Arizona (BB-39): Revised Edition

By T.J. Cooper, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Charleston, S.C., (2013) Reviewed by LCdr. Jason P. Grower, USN December 7th marks a somber occasion – the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  It was a seminal moment which changed the world and defined a generation.  Thus the date is a remembrance of those

The “Negative” Side of Naval History: John Hamilton’s Pearl Harbor Paintings

British artist John Hamilton was one of the world’s leading painters of World War II naval operations.  In an era before digital photography and photo manipulation, Hamilton’s paintings expertly capture the realism of combat at sea.  Part historian and part artist, John Hamilton was a major contributor to the history and memory of World War

I am well. Letter follows at first opportunity: Pearl Harbor Survivor Postcard

NHF Executive Director CAPT Todd Creekman, USN (Ret.) recalls an interesting vignette about the upcoming Pearl Harbor anniversary from one of our members. The story begins back in 2000.  Ms. June Ferren got in touch with Captain Creekman to ask for help in tracking down the story of her close friend who died during World

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71st Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner

Guest Speaker: The Honorable Robert O. Work Former Undersecretary of the Navy If you have already received an email confirmation on your registration,  please do not register again 71st Battle of Midway Commemorative Dinner Tuesday 4 June 2013 Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA Cost to attend is $65 per person Reception Begins 1800 Dinner at

NHF Co-Sponsors SECNAV War of 1812 Commemoration Kickoff

Tuesday evening at the Library of Congress, the Naval Historical Foundation helped the Navy stage its formal kickoff for the 2012 War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration. The event was hosted in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building, by Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington and Secretary of the Navy the