Historical “Murderer’s Row” Photograph at Ulithi Update

We have received some updates from a blog post written in July 2012. The original article, “Looking for Assistance on WWII Ship Recognition at Ulithi Atoll,” caught the eye of David Stubblebine, a contributor to the World War II Database. According to Stubblebine, he cross examined several war diaries with a berthing chart of the

2013 Cold War Essay Contest at VMI

For the ninth year, the John A. Adams ‘71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best unpublished papers dealing with the U.S. military in the Cold War era (1945-1991). Any aspect of Cold War military history is

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NHF Used Book Sale at the Washington Navy Yard May 29-30

The time has come again for another Museum Store Used Book Sale. Museum Store Manager Frank Arre has been hard at work gathering books and we think you will be impressed with the selection he has acquired. It includes many Vietnam era and World War II books. In addition to books, he will be selling picture

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

Calls for Papers and Panels: International Commission of Military History Meeting 2013

The United States Commission on Military History (USCMH) solicits papers for presentation at the 39th annual Congress of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH), meeting in Turin, Italy, between September 1 and September 6, 2013. The theme of this 75th anniversary ICMH Congress, hosted by the Italian Commission of Military History, is “Combined and

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BOOK REVIEW – George Washington’s Military Genius

By Dave R. Palmer, Regnery Publishing, Washington, DC. (2012). Reviewed by Captain Roger F. Jones, U.S.Navy (Retired) This small book (only 230 pages of text) is a gem, in that it takes a brief premise which is developed simply, elegantly, and completely. One of the most enjoyable aspects is General Palmer’s masterly writing style, which

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NHHC Archives Temporary Closures Upcoming

The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Archives is preparing for a recently awarded major construction project to fix its records’ storage environment in building 108 at the Washington Navy Yard. In addition, it is engaging in a parallel project to reduce a large processing backlog. Both are necessary to protect the collections they hold and

2012 Navy Birthday Coin on Sale

On 13 October 2012, the U.S. Navy celebrated its 237th birthday around the world. The Washington, DC birthday celebration dinner, with 750 guests, featured the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, and the Honorable Paul R. Ignatius, 59th Secretary of the Navy as keynote speakers. A commemorative 2012 Navy Birthday Coin was a “birthday

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BOOK REVIEW: The United States Coast Guard in World War II – A History of Domestic and Overseas Action

By Thomas P. Ostrom, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, NC, (2009) Reviewed by Charles H. Bogart This is a well-written and nicely researched account of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. The author, using seventeen topical chapters, provides short, concise accounts of various missions carried out by the Coast Guard during the war. Each

NHF Donates War of 1812 Vintage Navy Pistol to Naval History and Heritage Command

The Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard has an extensive collection of historic arms. It includes weapons from the early 18th century all the way through today. But it was recently determined that the collection had a significant gap from one of our Navy’s earliest conflicts: the War of 1812. With

Brigadier General James L. Collins Jr. Book Prize in Military History

The U.S. Commission on Military History announces the inauguration of the Brigadier General James L. Collins Jr. Book Prize in Military History. The prize entails a $1,000 award to the author of any nationality of the best book written in English on U.S. military history published during 2009, 2010, and 2011. The Collins Book Prize

New Magazine: “The Civil War Monitor”

Last fall we learned about an exciting new publication about the American Civil War. This brand new quarterly magazine is called the Civil War Monitor, and it looks to bridge the gulf between academic and popular history. According to the magazine, it is “devoted to the belief that popular history need not be superficial or

Call for Proposals for the Adams-Collins Dissertation Prize 2012-13

The John A. Adams ‘71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis Department of History Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Virginia 24450 For the academic year 2012-13, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute will offer a grant to support dissertation research in the history of

Volunteer

Frequently overlooked, but significant in its impact, consider volunteering some time to help us at the Foundation. We are a fairly small organization, and with the ever-increasing naval history opportunities and rising costs, volunteers are a valuable asset. While most work would be at the Foundation office at the Washington Navy Yard, there are out