BOOK REVIEW – Cold War Command: The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner

Captain Dan Conley RN (Ret.) OBE and Captain Richard Woodman, Merchant Navy, (Ret), Seaforth Publishing, Inc., Barnsley, England (2014) Reviewed by Rear Admiral William J. Holland, Jr. USN (Ret.) The authors use Conley in the third person as the vehicle to critically review the actions and internal workings of the Royal Navy and its Submarine Service

BOOK REVIEW – The Liberty Incident Revealed: The Definitive Account of the 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship

By A. Jay Cristol, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2013) Reviewed by Stephen Phillips On June 8, 1967, Israeli air and naval forces engaged in the Arab-Israeli Six Day War      attacked USS Liberty (AGTR 5), killing 34 and wounding 171 Americans. The incident immediately caused a conflagration of controversy. Most accusations assert premeditation. Some suggest

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

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

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

American Cold War Veterans Association Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Cold War Veterans Association will take place 06-08 June 2014 in Washington D.C. USS Liberty Veterans Association Commemoration Business meetings, luncheon and address to be held at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn, 1900 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22209. A special room rate of $89.00 is available to conferees. Please

Norman’s Corner: A Most Unforgettable Character

By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the 26th a series of blogs by Norman Polmar—author, analyst, and consultant specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here.) Being a “character” is a very positive description of a person.  To me, a character is one who thinks for himself or herself,

A Stag Party with President Truman and Some Fleet Admirals

On May 6, 1947, a party was held in Washington, D.C.  Among the honored guests there: A president, a few politicians, and a majority of the most important and influential officers in United States military history.  They all came to the “stag party” (according to President Truman’s presidential diary entry) to honor General George Marshall,

BOOK REVIEW – Shield of Dreams: Missile Defense and U. S. – Russian Nuclear Strategy

By Stephen J. Cimbala, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, (2008). Reviewed by Captain Roger F. Jones, USN (Ret.) According to author Stephen Cimbala, Shield of Dreams is “a policy study that provides a focused discussion of missile defenses and their relationship to Russian-U.S. nuclear arms control and nuclear deterrence relationships and nuclear proliferation [. .

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Group Seeks to Bring ex-USS Charles F Adams to Jacksonville

A few weeks ago, we shared the story of our trip to Philadelphia to scavenge parts off a Cold War destroyer, ex-USS Forrest Sherman. Moored alongside Forrest Sherman is another decommissioned destroyer, ex-USS Charles F. Adams (DDG 2). Coincidentally, just days prior to our trip to Philadelphia, we had the opportunity to meet with John

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USNA Class of 1951 Raises $51,000 for Navy’s Cold War Gallery

The Cold War enveloped the Naval Academy Class of 1951. As they entered upon their four years of education and training in Annapolis the words of Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech still echoed in Bancroft Hall. After four years they graduated and were commissioned as ensigns and second lieutenants in the Navy, Marines and Air

USS Providence Veterans Recall Operation Lion’s Den

The Foundation has been busily occupied preparing the new exhibit “Into the Lion’s Den” for the Cold War Gallery, and on Thursday, 3 May, we were reminded of the reason we strive to build such exhibits in the first place. The National Navy Museum and the Cold War Gallery were honored by a visit from

New Photo Donation: Submarine USS Besugo (SS 321)

From time to time, we get something interesting or surprising in the mail. We recently received a wonderful collection of photographs – completely unsolicited – from Marie Gennette. Upon opening this unexpected package, we were delighted to find dozens of black and white images from the 1940’s. The photographs were from the collection of her

Salvaging Exhibit Artifacts from a Decommissioned Destroyer

The new exhibit for the Cold War Gallery, “Into the Lion’s Den,” is scheduled to open this summer at the Washington Navy Yard. Construction on the exhibit is ongoing (see our recent update here) but we are still in the process of obtaining some of the many artifacts that will be on display. The centerpiece

“Into the Lion’s Den” Exhibit Construction: On Schedule

Construction of the new Cold War Gallery exhibit, “Into the Lion’s Den,” is progressing nicely. The exhibit remembers the 1972 night battle in the narrow, mined confines of Haiphong Harbor between U.S. Navy surface warships and aircraft, and North Vietnamese PT boats. The centerpiece of the new exhibit will be a reconstruction of the armored