BOOK REVIEW – Whips to Walls: Naval Discipline from Flogging to Progressive–Era Reform at Portsmouth Prison

By Rodney K. Watterson, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2014) Reviewed by Louis Arthur Norton, Ph.D. Casual readers of maritime history might be reluctant to pick up a book entitled Whips to Walls that features a photo of a grim castle-like prison on its cover. If so, they would be missing out. Captain Rodney Watterson

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

Fresh Water Wash-Down: When Foul Weather Impacted Naval History

Most people in the United States (especially the East Coast) know that the Atlantic Hurricane Season lasts from the beginning of June until the end of November. During those six months, we anxiously watch our television screens as each successive storm passes to the United States, some reaching from the African coast to the reaches

Going Ashore: Naval Operations in Casco Bay During World War II (Part III)

By George Stewart (This is the third in a series of blog posts covering the various operations conducted in Maine during WWII. To read Parts I and II of George Stewart’s blog series about Casco Bay during WWII, go HERE and HERE. To read all other post by George, go HERE.)  PART III By 1943,

BOOK REVIEW – The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

By Steve Sheinkin, Roaring Book Press, New York, NY (2014) Review by: Aldona Sendzikas, Ph.D. How do you explain racism to teenagers—specifically, the existence of institutionalized racism and segregation in the U.S. Navy during most of its history? This is author Steve Sheinkin’s challenge in this book for young adults about the massive explosion that

BOOK REVIEW – Ambushed Under the Southern Cross

By Captain George Duffy, Xlibris Corp., Bloomington (2008) Reviewed by Captain J.A. Peschka, Jr. If you still get excited and riveted to your chair when you read a good sea story, then Ambushed under the Southern Cross is for you. This is not a history book written in academic prose with precise references and intellectual

BOOK REVIEW – The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

By Lincoln Paine, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY (2013) Reviewed by Sam Craghead This book could easily be titled, “The Greatest Sea Story Ever Told.”  The subtitle proffers the scope of the work, which Lincoln Paine delivers in grand style.  With 599 pages of text, 48 pages of bibliography, 17 maps, 26 pages of

BOOK REVIEW – Naval Air Station Jacksonville

By Ronald M.Williamson and Emily Savoca, Arcadia Publishing, Mt. Pleasant, SC, (2013). Reviewed By: Rodney Carlisle, Ph. D. This short photographic collection is one of more than 8,000 volumes produced by Arcadia Publishing in its “Images of America” series on a wide variety of towns, forts, historic places, and locales scattered across the United States.

BOOK REVIEW – SUBIC: A Sailor’s Memoir

By Barbara Perkins-Brown, Self Published Reviewed By Lori Bogle. Ph.D. Barbara Perkins-Brown’s Subic: A Sailor’s Memoir is a tribute to her father Bobby Earl Perkins.  Perkins joined the Navy in the late 1960s to escape the segregated South only to become a victim of racial discrimination at Subic Bay Naval Base, Philippines.  Written in the first person

World War II-Era Bottles Donated to the Naval History and Heritage Command

A few of us in the room stared at the vase as the amber-colored liquid poured out of the bottle.  There was a surprising hiss of carbonation once the bottle cap came off. NHF Executive Director Captain Todd Creekman, USN (Ret.) picked up the contents and sniffed it. He looks up surprisingly and exclaims, “It

The Hanoi Hilton and Racial Adversity: Junior Naval Historians Shine at National History Day

Thousands of excited and energetic students from around the country packed into the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center last Thursday to participate in the awards ceremony for National History Day. The event is the culmination of a busy week for these young scholars. Students in middle and high school showcase their history projects, ranging from

8 Groups of Sailors Ready for the Weekend

1. A Good Weekend Requires Planning (NARA Photo: 80-G-431069) 2. Playing Cards Will Help Pass the Time (LOC Image: LC-DIG-det-4a14373) 3. It Might Require Travel (LOC Image: LC-USF34-039283-D) 4. Get Plenty of Rest the Night Before   (NARA Image: 80-G-471182) 5. Grab a Snack Before Heading Out (Image: San Diego History Center) 6. Grab Your