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Norman’s Corner: Working for John Lehman, Part 2

By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the fourteenth in a series of blogs by Norman Polmar, author, analyst, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here.) About the time that he was named Secretary of the Navy in February 1981, John F. Lehman met with two of

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Admiral Kane: An Appreciation

By Dr. Bill Dudley The recent news of Rear Admiral John D. H. Kane, Jr.’s death brought back a flood of memories among those who recall his days as the Director of Naval History and the Naval Historical Center (now the Naval History and Heritage Command). He had a distinguished career, reaching back to his

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Norman’s Corner: Working for John Lehman, Part 1

By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the thirteenth in a series of blogs by Norman Polmar, author, analyst, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here.) John Lehman had an almost revolutionary impact on the Navy. He walked into the Pentagon in 1981 knowing what he wanted

Remembering John C. Reilly: “The Best of Us”

By Samuel Loring Morison On December 18, 2012, John C. Reilly, Jr., naval historian “par excellence” passed away after several years of illness. There seemed to be nothing he didn’t know about naval history and naval guns and gunnery. I had the distinct honor of working with him and for nearly 45 years calling him

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End of Year Message from NHF President

I appreciate the opportunity in my new role as President to update you on some of the events and activities that the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) participated in during this past year. I look forward to serving our members and working with you to promote our mission to preserve, commemorate and provide education about U.S.

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BOOK REVIEW – John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail

By Tim MacGrath, Westholme Publishing, Yardley, PA, (2010). Reviewed by Mark Lardas John Barry and John Paul Jones are the twin pillars underpinning the foundations of the United States Navy. Their naval careers created a heritage used by the Navy to the present. Jones’s life and exploits have inspired hundreds of books. Sadly, Barry’s appeal

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BOOK REVIEW – Bonhomme Richard vs Serapis: Flamborough Head 1779

By Mark Lardas. Osprey Publishing, Long Island City, NY. (2012). Reviewed by Charles Bogart This is another well-crafted Osprey book. The author has combined text and illustrations to tell a well-rounded story of the naval action that took place in the North Sea off Flamborough Head on September 23, 1779. While most Americans know this