Students: Become A Shipwreck Investigator

The Marine Forensics Committee (MFC) of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) invites students in grades 7 thru college, to the Students day program in Marine Forensics Investigations. The International Marine Forensics Symposium Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, Washington, DC Student Day Thursday April 5th 2012 8AM-4PM Email questions and requests

Interview with Cold War Gallery Aircraft Model Builder

We recently asked the aircraft model builder for the Cold War Gallery, Lieutenant Commander Michael “PYSCHO” McLeod, USN (Ret.), to share with us the process he uses to build the incredible models on display in the Gallery. Below are his responses to our questions. To see a gallery of the models he has built, visit

Maritime Documentation Internship 2012

The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) are pleased to announce the Maritime Documentation Internship. The internship will permit a student or recent graduate of architecture or history, interested in maritime preservation, to work as a summer intern on a Historic American Engineering Record maritime documentation project. The

Upcoming Additions to Vietnam War Booklet Series

The Naval Historical Foundation and the Naval History and Heritage Command are co-sponsoring a series of illustrated booklets to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam War series, co-edited by Dr. Edward J. Marolda, former Senior Historian of the Navy, and Ms. Sandra Doyle of NHHC, will feature

Afghan War Books Acquired by Navy Department Library

The Naval Historical Foundation is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of three vintage 19th century books for the Navy Department Library. If you recall in November, NHF made an appeal, called “Bucks for Books,” to raise funds for the acquisition of these books for the Library. A number of generous donors stepped forward, and

Brown Water Navy in Vietnam

2012 marks the beginning of commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration has launched a website (www.vietnamwar50th.com) which has information on the anniversary, and on the war itself. The website is a work in progress, and features an expansive interactive timeline of the war, featuring

A New Independent Film Project: The Battle off Samar

We recently learned about a new film project being developed about the Battle off Samar. An independent group of filmmakers is working on a virtual recreation of this pivotal American victory in the Pacific during World War II – one of the great “upsets” in naval history. This ambitious project is currently in the research

Neil Armstrong Visits Cold War Gallery

The Cold War Gallery at the Washington Navy Yard played host to a surprise visitor on Friday – Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. He stopped by for a private visit, arranged by his friend Captain Ted Bronson, USN (Ret). Armstrong has a personal connection to the Gallery. A model

2012 Naval Historical Foundation STEM-H Teacher Fellowship Application

The Naval Historical Foundation is pleased to again offer two-week teacher fellowships for summer 2012 to science, technology, engineering, math and U.S. History (STEM-H) teachers in support of the Washington, DC National Museum of the United States Navy and the Cold War Gallery exhibit, highlighting the Navy’s efforts from 1946 – 1991. DOWNLOAD THE 2012

Battleship IOWA Repair Work Underway

In early November, we shared photos of the departure of the battleship ex-USS Iowa from the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, CA. Restoration work on Iowa is now underway at Richmond, CA, to repair the ravages of time since her 1990 decommissioning. Staff and volunteers of the Pacific Battleship Center are now supervising

Year End Appeal Letter in the Mail

We recently finished mailing our year end appeal letters, which Naval Historical Foundation members should have received by now. Our Chairman, Admiral Bruce DeMars, USN (Retired), and our President, Vice Admiral Robert F.  Dunn, USN (Retired), authored the letters. The letters explain our exciting new focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) educational programs. If