Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr.

Welcome to our fourth edition of Thursday Tidings! So far in our Thursday Tidings we have looked at reflections by President Harry S Truman, war reports by Admiral Ernest J. King, and information regarding the USS Thresher (SSN 593) disaster. Find previous editions here! This week we are looking at the life and retirement of Vice Admiral Samuel Gravely, the first

Welcome CNO Gilday!

“It is a great honor and privilege to welcome our 32nd Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Michael Gilday, USN. The Naval Historical Foundation stands ready to support your tenure in any way possible to promote the lessons of our past with the important imperatives of our future.” – Rear Adm. Sonny Masso, USN (Ret.), Executive Director

Tiger Cruises

One of the true joys of returning from sea from a long deployment is to have a loved one join you on a short transit home to see what Dad, Mom, Aunt or Uncle does in the Navy. This post will be co-written by me and the NHF director of Events, Mr. Sam Hall, whose

The Breakaway Song Tradition

by RADM Sonny Masso I was listening to Deep Tracks on Sirius/XM the other day in my car and I heard the Eagles song, “Midnight Flyer.” It was one of those songs that you sometimes hear that make you want to pull over, stop the car, and just listen. While not viewed by the listening

A Hard Fought Ship

If the employment of destroyers during peace time and war time is of interest to you, this is a must-read book. The authors have crafted one of the finest ship histories this reviewer has encountered. HMS Venomous was one of the 67 V and W class destroyers built by the Royal Navy during the last

The King George V Class Battleships

The story of the Royal Navy during World War II often centers around one of the five battleships of the King George V Class (KGV): HMS King George V, HMS Prince of Wales, HMS Duke of York, HMS Anson, and HMS Howe. The author of this book has crafted a tour de force that examines

British Destroyer vs German Destroyer: Narvik 1940

David Greentree and David Campbell’s British Destroyer vs. German Destroyer: Narvik 1940 presents a concise yet detailed look at the destroyers of the two major belligerents during the oft-ignored 1940 Norway campaign that encompasses key aspects that provide the reader a refreshing glimpse from a lower level than the normal histories typically offer, the sea-tossed

Remembering Neil Armstrong

Among the notable names of past U.S. presidents, retired Fleet Admirals, and famous authors who have held memberships with the Naval Historical Foundation is astronaut Neil Armstrong. With the 50th anniversary of his stepping on the lunar surface to exclaim “One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind,” the Naval Historical Foundation takes

The War with Hitler’s Navy

Adrian Stewart was educated at Rugby School before taking First Class Honours at Caius College, Cambridge. Caius is also the alma mater of the broadcaster David Frost, physicist Stephen Hawking, and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. Stewart lives near Rugby a market town in Warwickshire, West Midlands, England, close to the River Avon. He is a

Victory Without Peace

Imagine chaos raging from France through Germany that surrounded the end of the slaughter on the Western Front in the fall of 1918. Or the new rounds of killings that accompanied the revolution in Russia through 1924 and engulfed the Baltic States, ravaged Poland and ripped East Prussia from Berlin. As well, the privation of