End of Year Message from Naval Historical Foundation President

I appreciate the opportunity in my new role as President to update you on some of the events and activities that the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) participated in during this past year. I look forward to serving our members and working with you to promote our mission to preserve, commemorate and provide education about U.S. Naval history. We greatly appreciate the support we receive from you and other members of our diverse community, which is crucial to our continuing to provide needed recognition of the importance of the Navy’s history and heritage.

(read the rest of Admiral Mitchell’s message)

Thank you for pictures of the North Carolina. Do you have any pictures of the USS Nevada.

We actually had two stories related to USS Nevada that we shared recently. Last week we did a story on a tugboat that came to aid the battleship during the fighting at Pearl Harbor, which has a photo of Nevada on fire:


And earlier we’d published a story with 5 minutes of film footage from the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in that video you can briefly see Nevada underway and firing back at the Japanese aircraft. The post has a full breakdown of where to look for Nevada in the film:


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BOOK REVIEW – The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian and the Night the Titanic Was Lost

By Daniel Allen Butler, Casemate, Philadelphia, PA. Newbury, Great Britain. (2009).

Reviewed by James Quinn

Still today the world’s most famous ship, RMS Titanic and her last hours have been the subject of a 1950s best-seller and a multi-Oscar winning blockbuster of the 1990s. In The Other Side of the Night, the story is expanded to tell of the two vessels that shared the immediate results of Titanic’s last moments afloat. On that April night 100 years ago, duty’s call was met and duty’s call was ignored. Bravery steamed through ice floes while not cowardice, but callousness kept another closer vessel stopped intentionally ignorant. Titanic, Carpathia, and Californian were joined that night forever; yet only Titanic remains in the public’s mind, as Carpathia and Californian both passed into history during the First World War a few years later. Daniel Allen Butler’s book returns both of these other ships and their captains, Arthur Rostron of Carpathia and Californian’s Stanley Lord, to the public eye.

(read the full review)

Your support of the Naval Historical Foundation in this year’s Combined Federal Campaign will help us continue to run educational programs, build museum exhibits, and promote the great history of the United States Navy!


On 11 December 1954, the U.S. Navy’s first supercarrier USS Forrestal (CVA 59) was launched at Newport News, VA. The massive builder’s model of Forrestal is on display in the Cold War Gallery, at the Washington Navy Yard. Details on how to visit can be found here: usnavymuseum.org

Forthcoming Histories of the Vietnam War

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the conflict in Southeast Asia, the Naval Historical Foundation and the Naval History and Heritage Command are cosponsoring a series of monographs entitled The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam War.

(read more about the series here)


Today is the 113th Army-Navy football game. This photo shows the 1888 United States Naval Academy football team, one of the last to not experience this historic rivalry, which began in 1890. NHHC image NH 78105.

Remembering Pearl Harbor: Interview with a Navy Survivor

The following interview is an excerpt from the oral history of Captain Douglas G. Phillips, USN (Retired), recorded in December 2010. Captain Phillips graduated from the New York State Merchant Marine Academy in 1937, and later obtained a commission with the U.S. Navy. His first Navy assignment was aboard USS Castor, and he later reported to the light minelayer (and former destroyer) USS Ramsay in Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1941, the day before the Japanese attack. The morning of December 7, Ramsay was at anchor and on the attack azimuth for Japanese planes aiming at the battleship USS Utah.

(read Captain Phillips’ account of the Pearl Harbor attack here)

Shown here is USS Ramsay, the ship Captain Phillips was on board during the attack. NHHC image NH 101654.

We remember the tragic attack at Pearl Harbor, 71 years ago today, December 7, 1941. A story on our blog includes 5 minute of black and white footage of the attack, including the explosion shown in this still photograph, when the forward magazine of USS Shaw (DD 373) was set off. NHHC image NH 86118.

Watch film footage of the Pearl Harbor attack here

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the sailor in your life? How about a U.S. Navy cruise book, from the collection of the Navy Department Library? High resolution reproductions are available, details here: http://www.navyhistory.org/historical-services/cruise-books/

A portion of the proceeds from reproductions goes to support the mission of the Naval Historical Foundation.