Ditty Bag: World War II Japanese Parade Victory Flags

Ditty Bag: Collections of the Naval Historical Foundation An Artifact and Collections Blog Series World War II Japanese Parade Victory Flags These small, silk Japanese flags were used locally in Japan to cheer on Imperial Japanese sailors and soldiers before they left the comforts of home for the battlefield. This first flag bears the typical

CNO Centennial – By the Numbers (1915-2015)

By Matthew T. Eng Today marks the centennial anniversary of the creation of the Office of Chief of Naval Operations. Congressed established the office under the Naval Appropriation Act on 3 March 1915 (10 U.S.C. § 5033). There were two main predecessors to the Chief of Naval Operations. One series of positions known as the General Board

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.”          

Integrity at the Helm: Gerald R. Ford Museum Exhibit Displays Past, Present, and Future of Aircraft Carriers

Naval Historical Foundation Executive Director Captain Todd Creekman, USN (Ret.) attended the opening of a new exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan last Monday. The exhibit, called “Taking the Seas: Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier,” discusses the history of aircraft carriers from their development during World War I

Ambassador Middendorf Honored at 2014 NHF Annual Membership Meeting

Each year, the Naval Historical Foundation holds a meeting in Washington, DC to meet with our members, volunteers, and friends to discuss our current and future plans.  Nearly one hundred supporters gathered in the Navy Museum last Saturday for a day of celebration, commemoration, and friendship. This is certainly a year of many commemorative celebrations:

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ADM Holloway Book Gifted to Chinese CNO

  Last month, People’s Liberation Army Navy Commander in Chief Admiral Wu Shengli visited the Washington Navy Yard, and was welcomed by U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert. Greenert hosted his Chinese counterpart for a week’s visit, and the two toured numerous installations in the United States. The two exchanged small mementos of

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New Admiral Holloway Donor Society Promotes NHF Mission for the Longterm

The Admiral James L. Holloway III Society (Holloway Society) has been established by the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) to recognize individuals that donate or formally pledge to give $100,000 or more to NHF. New Holloway Society members, those who have already donated $100,000 or more, and those who complete or exceed the full $100,000 contribution

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Holloway Book on Aircraft Carriers Published in China

Admiral James L. Holloway, III, USN (Retired) served as President and later Chairman of the Naval Historical Foundation for 28 years. The retired Chief of Naval Operations is currently our Chairman Emeritus, and still drops in to say hello from time to time. This morning, we received new copies of his book, Aircraft Carriers at

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USS Enterprise Leadership Award Winners Recognized at Cold War Gallery

  In a ceremony held at the Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery, at the Washington Navy Yard on 21 March 2013, five USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Sailors were recognized for their outstanding leadership in the “Big E” during its final year of operational service in a storied 51-year career. The Naval Historical Foundation arranged for

Enterprise: The Enduring Connection

The inactivation this Saturday 1 December of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) at Naval Station Norfolk will mark the latest chapter of a close relationship between the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) and one of the Navy’s most historically significant vessels. In fact that NHF-“Big-E” relationship turns out to be pretty personal. For example, long-time NHF archivist

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BOOK REVIEW: Nineteen-Gun Salute – Case Studies of Operational, Strategic, and Diplomatic Naval Leadership during the 20th and Early 21st Centuries

Edited by John B. Hattendorf and Bruce A. Elleman. Naval War College Press/Government Printing Office (2010). Reviewed By Corbin Williamson Nineteen Gun Salute is a collection of short biographies of American admirals who demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities during their naval service. The admirals were skilled operational and strategic commanders as well as diplomats. The work

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NHF Annual Meeting and Ribbon Cutting of New Museum Exhibit

The Naval Historical Foundation 2012 Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, 23 June, and featured the debut of a brand new exhibit for the Cold War Gallery. Admiral James Holloway, USN (Ret), christened the new exhibit with a riveting firsthand account of the 1972 battle in Haiphong Harbor that is memorialized in the new “Into

New Interview with Admiral Holloway: Operation Lion’s Den

. Thanks to our friends at Aerocinema: The Aviation Channel, we’re pleased to present a brand new 18 minute interview with Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret). The former CNO and Naval Historical Foundation Chairman Emeritus spoke at length about Operation Lion’s Den, a 1972 raid by four U.S. Navy warships into Haiphong Harbor

ADM Holloway Visits NHF and Cold War Gallery on 90th Birthday

Admiral James Holloway III, USN (Ret), former Chief of Naval Operations, and Chairman Emeritus of the Naval Historical Foundation, stopped by our office yesterday on his 90th birthday. He had the chance to enjoy some birthday cake, and toured the Cold War Gallery with his son-in-law, Richard Quist. He also had the opportunity to go

2010-2011 Admiral James L. Holloway III Leadership Award

On Tuesday, 15 November, Naval Historical Foundation Executive Director Captain Todd Creekman had the opportunity to participate in a Capitol Hill luncheon honoring officers and sailors from USS Enterprise who were selected as the 2010 and 2011 leadership award winners. The Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership has established a special leadership awards program on