“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy…” Reflections from Ten U.S. Navy Sailors Who Witnessed the Pearl Harbor Attack

By Kyle Nappi Three years ago, I visited the oil-leaking wreckage of the battleship USS Arizona (among other solemn locations) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Now, eighty years since America’s Day of Infamy, I pause and reflect on those hallowed grounds in Oahu as well as the dwindling number of military veterans who witnessed and survived

Artificial Intelligence Is America’s Achilles Heel Against China

By ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) Originally published in Bloomberg – May 20 2021 With the release of the much-anticipated National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence report, the U.S. must confront an inconvenient truth: America, in the words of co-chairmen Eric Schmidt and Bob Work, “is not prepared to defend or compete in the AI era.” Schmidt, the

The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

What the Navy Learned from Guadalcanal November 13, 2018 By: Curtis Utz, Nicholas Roland and Guy Nasuti, Historians, Naval History and Heritage Command The naval battles off Guadalcanal in 1942 were part of the first major U.S. amphibious offensive in the Pacific. Although the U.S. Navy’s performance in the campaign was mixed, the fighting at Guadalcanal

Navy Families and their Supporters

Writing in 1939 for Proceedings, Chaplain Truman Riddle, wrote of the Navy’s policies on families: “Several years ago, the Commander in Chief, U. S. Fleet, called together a large group of officers to consider the problem of enlisted men’s families. Prior to this, Commander Battle Force had surprised not only the Navy, but the press, by

Roosevelt the Revisionist -Young TR takes on the War of 1812

By Meredith Hindley Article below originally published in 2013 by the National Endowment for the Humanities: www.neh.gov/humanities/2013/septemberoctober/feature/roosevelt-the-revisionist Just after two o’clock in the afternoon on September 10, 1813, Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry was one of the few men still standing—or even alive—on the USS Lawrence. British cannon balls and grapeshot lobbed across the murky

DDG-137 To Be Named USS John F. Lehman

The Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) congratulates NHF Board of Directors Member, the Honorable Dr. John F. Lehman, on the announcement that an Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyer is to be named in his honor. This special recognition for our 65th Secretary of the Navy was announced on our Navy’s 245th Birthday by Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite. This

Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano 5 August: 1913 – 15 May 1980

www.history.navy.mil/research/library/research-guides/modern-biographical-files-ndl/modern-bios-r/ramirez-de-arellano-marion.html Marion Frederic Ramirez de Arellano was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 5 August 1913, son of Professor Rafael W. de Arellano and Professor Lucille Kemmerer Ramirez de Arellano of the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. He attended that university for two years prior to his entrance to the US Naval

Delbert D. Black More Than Just a Gunner’s Mate – By Jim Leuci, MCPO, USN (Ret.)

Above: Delbert D. Black, an Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided-missile destroyer, named for the service’s first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) was commissioned on September 26, 2020. Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite observed: “Commissioning a ship after the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy is an honor without equal. The

Admiral Rickover, Admiral Holloway, and the Dawn of Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carriers.

Guest Post by Captain Todd Creekman, USN (Ret.) Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret.), commanding officer of USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and 20th Chief of Naval Operations, served for 28 years in retirement as president and later chairman of the board for the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF). Admiral Holloway left his mark on NHF through his selfless service

The Cruise of the Bismarck

Article by Naval History and Heritage Command:  www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/s/sinking-of-the-bismarck/the-cruise-of-the-bismarck.html At noon on May 19, 1941, the German battleship Bismarck lay in Kiel Bay, about to set out on her first and last war cruise. Admiral Gunther Lutjens, who had been decorated with the Knight Insignia of the Iron Cross for his part in the Norwegian campaign, addressed the