National Maritime Awards Dinner (NMAD) Recap: The Rising Tide of Our Maritime and Naval Heritage

By Matthew T. Eng The National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS) and Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) hosted a gala event at the National Press Club on 21 April to honor the achievements of three individuals who have made lasting contributions to maritime and naval heritage. Formerly known as the Washington Awards Dinner, the newly rebranded National

Dusty Kleiss: A Hero of Midway Remembered

Captain Jack “Dusty” Kleiss retirement photo, 1962; Kleiss with wife Jean, 1942 (Images provided by Jack Kleiss/Hampton Roads Naval Museum/Laura Orr) Captain Jack “Dusty” Kleiss, USN (Ret.), a VS-6 Dive Bombing pilot that served during the battle of Midway, passed away last week at the age of 100 at his residence in Texas. The Kansas

Carpe Diem: Robin Williams Has a Place in Naval History

By Matthew Eng NHF Digital Content Developer Many of us were shocked with the news of actor/comedian Robin Williams’s passing. Stories are now surfacing about his passions and pursuits outside of the Hollywood spotlight. This includes his profound love and support of the military.  He became a mainstay for USO tours overseas in recent years,

“The People Who Fought and Won:” Admiral Harvey Captivates Crowd at 72nd Battle of Midway Celebration Dinner

This year marks the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the most decisive battle in the Pacific Theater. During the pivotal day of 4 June 1942, the United States Navy managed to engage an imposing Japanese fleet and inflict crippling losses to their four carriers and surface ships near Midway Atoll. A large crowd of

USS Enterprise CVA(N)/BOOK REVIEW – CVN-65: The World’s First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier

By Dave McKay, Willsonscott Publishing International Inc, Christchurch, New Zealand (2013) Reviewed by Samuel Loring Morison Everyone remembers where he or she was on September 11, 2011. Enterprise was off the coast of Yemen heading south at Flank Speed.  There, the crew learned of the terrorist attack on the twin towers. Enterprise’s Captain slowed the

Operation Sea Orbit Celebration: A Legacy Like No Other

A capacity crowd of Naval Historical Foundation and partner organization members, Navy personnel, industry leaders, and most importantly, Operation Sea Orbit veterans came out to a 6 May event hosted by the Naval Historical Foundation at Nauticus in Norfolk, Virginia.  The evening, co-sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Nuclear Task Force

10 Best Photo Captions from the 1964 USS Enterprise Cruise Book

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic around-the-world cruise of the USS Enterprise and Nuclear Task Force One.  Celebrate this event by taking a look at the lighter side of the “Big E” cruise book from 1964. 1. Lifeblood of the Navy 2. U.S. Navy – Ahead of Hipsters Since 1964 3. Teamwork 4.