Preservation, Education, and Commemoration of Naval History
Secretary of the Navy Curtis D. Wilbur is presented with a floral Poppy Anchor at the Navy Department by Theodore Stitt, CIC of the VFA. The anchor served as a tribute to the service of Navy veterans who lost their lives in foreign wars (28 April 1927).
As we approach Veterans Day/Armistice Day, remember the ultimate sacrifice many Americans made in the cause of liberty and equality throughout U.S. history.
What do the poppies mean to you?
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9 November 1921: The Unknown Soldier arrives at the Washington Navy Yard aboard USS Olympia.
"A plain soldier, unknown but weighted with honors as perhaps no American before him because he died for the flag in France, lay tonight in a place where only martyred Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, have slept in death." - Associated Press
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Does anybody remember this game? If you guessed the 1987 smash hit Top Gun, you are correct! The game was released by Konami in the U.S. 26 years ago this month. It features simulated combat gameplay inside an F-14 cockpit and the all-too-difficult “carrier landing” sequence gamers have grown to love and hate over the last two decades. Top Gun sold over 2 million units, sparking several sequels still being produced on today’s next gen consoles. #ThrowbackThursday
(Image courtesy Gamefaqs)
A new article by Hal Friedman in the International Journal of Naval History looks at Japanese culture and their interpretation of defeat in World War II. Read it here.
(shown here, Japanese representatives on board USS Missouri (BB 63) during the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945. National Archives image USA C-2719.)
Diana Ahmad’s article in the latest issue of the International Journal of Naval History takes us back to the turn of the 20th century, and the remote outposts of American Samoa. Read it here.
(Top image: Captain Benjamin Franklin Tilley. Image PH-30, courtesy Polynesian Photo Archives, The Dwyer Collection, Feleti Barstow Public Library, American Samoa. Bottom image: Pago Pago Harbor, Samoa, 1899. NHHC image NH 1457.)
An article by Howard Fuller in the International Journal of Naval History examines the influence of HMS Warrior on American shipbuilding during the Civil War. Read the article here.
(shown here, HMS Warrior in drydock during her 1872-1875 refit. NHHC image NH 52524.)
USTS Charleston (PG 51): Mass Maritime Training Ship
By Captain George Stewart, USN (Retired)
This article is intended to provide a basic description of the ex USS Charleston (PG 51) when it served as the USTS Charleston, the training ship for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy during the period between 1948 and 1957. USS Charleston (PG 51) was one of only two Erie Class Patrol gunboats originally built for US Naval service during the 1930s. Its’ keel was laid down at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, South Carolina on 27 October 1934. It was launched on 25 February 1936 and commissioned on 8 July 1936. (Read the full article here)
(Charleston is shown here at Buzzard’s Bay in the 1940’s. NHHC image NH 77120.)
The Naval Historical Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of the 2013 issue of the International Journal of Naval History.