BOOK REVIEW – Blackrobes in Blue: The Navy Chaplaincy of John P. Foley, S.J., 1942-46

By Steve O’Brien, Self Published, (2002). Reviewed by Commander Paul W. Murphey, CHC, USN (Ret), Ph.D. It was only four years in the long life of Father John P. Foley, S.J.  For many of “the greatest generation,” it was the most momentous time of his life. After the arduous years of becoming a Jesuit and serving

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Fletcher Class Destroyers: My Experience During the 1950’s

By Captain George Stewart, USN (RET) This is the fifth in a series of articles by Captain Stewart detailing the technical specifications, manning, and operations of the U.S. Navy’s Fletcher class destroyers. This is the fifth and last article in a series describing life aboard a World War II built Fletcher Class destroyer during the

BOOK REVIEW – Big Guns, Brave Men: Mobile Artillery Observers and the Battle for Okinawa

By Rodney Earl Walton, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2013) Reviewed by Diana L. Ahmad, Ph.D. This well-researched and well-written book analyzed the role of forward artillery observers on Okinawa during the largest artillery battle in World War II’s Pacific Theater. Likely inspired by his father’s role as a forward observer for the 361st Field

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BOOK REVIEW – The Fight for the Yazoo, August 1862-July 1864: Swamps, Forts and Fleets on Vicksburg’s Northern Flank

By Myron J. Smith, Jr., McFarland, Henderson, NC, (2012). Reviewed by John Grady Myron Smith has delivered a wonderfully detailed account of the stubborn fighting that continued along the Yazoo River for much of the Civil War. For the Union Navy, in particular, it was a sometimes brutish brawl that continued after the fall of

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BOOK REVIEW – Rolling Thunder, A Vietnam War Novel

By L. Erik Fleming, Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co., Houston, TX, (2012). Reviewed by Jan Churchill Even though this book is called Rolling Thunder, it is not a history lesson of this operation but an entertaining story about a fictional Marine Captain Valentine Jordan, a fighter pilot assigned to a F4J Phantom II squadron

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Fletcher Class Destroyer Operations – Part II

By Captain George Stewart, USN (RET) This is the fourth in a series of articles by Captain Stewart detailing the technical specifications, manning, and operations of the U.S. Navy’s Fletcher class destroyers. In my last article (read that story here). George W. Stewart is a retired US Navy Captain. He is a 1956 graduate of

Call for Papers: “Who Burnt Whose Capital? The Royal Navy and Winning the War of 1812”

Keynote address by Professor Andrew Lambert, King’s College London, 5-6 September 2014 The War of 1812 was very much a maritime war and one that had its roots in contrasting approaches to the conduct of maritime warfare, especially belligerent and neutral rights. This conference will explore the War of 1812 and the role played by

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Vietnam POWs: “Battle Behind Bars” Video

U.S. military personnel taken prisoner during the Vietnam War endured years of brutal captivity. Take a look at this video which describes the experience of captured U.S. naval aviators and their “Battle Behind Bars,” currently featured in the U.S. Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery, at the Washington Navy Yard. The video was developed by the

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Amateur Builder Completes Detailed Model of U.S. Brig Niagara

We’re always interested to hear about the ship model projects our members and friends are busy working on. We recently heard from NHF member Robert Allen, who has completed a detailed model of U.S. Brig Niagara, from the War of 1812. As we come up on the 200th anniversary of the great American victory in