Preservation, Education, and Commemoration of Naval History
any good photos of the river boats used in Vietnam????
Here’s a drawing we really like, from our good friend and supporter Captain John Roach (image is USN 1165166).
We also have a number of photographs of Vietnam boats on the Cold War Gallery website, here is starting page of the Vietnam exhibit: http://usnavymuseum.org/Ex9_HotWars_Vietnam.asp
As you flip through that virtual tour, you’ll notice that a number of small Vietnam boat models are also on display in the Cold War Gallery. And outside, on the Riverwalk, is a real PCF Swift Boat on permanent display.
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NHF Annual Meeting and Ribbon Cutting of New Museum Exhibit
The Naval Historical Foundation 2012 Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, 23 June, and featured the debut of a brand new exhibit for the Cold War Gallery. Admiral James Holloway, USN (Ret), christened the new exhibit with a riveting firsthand account of the 1972 battle in Haiphong Harbor that is memorialized in the new “Into the Lion’s Den” exhibit.
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 approximately 60 members of the USS Providence (CL 82/CLG 6) reunion group. Amongst the group were two sailors who were on board Providence the night of the pitched battle in Haiphong Harbor: Gary Cheever and Ken Chambers. For those unfamiliar with the exhibit, it centers around a 1972 nighttime raid by four surface warships of the U.S. Navy deep into enemy waters. The ships successfully bombarded enemy shore positions, and with the assistance of A-7 Corsair II aircraft, fended off a counterattack by North Vietnamese torpedo boats.
Admiral James Holloway: Operation Lion’s Den
Thanks to our friends at Aerocinema: The Aviation Channel, we’re pleased to present a brand new 18 minute interview with Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret). The former CNO and Naval Historical Foundation Chairman Emeritus spoke at length about Operation Lion’s Den, a 1972 raid by four U.S. Navy warships into Haiphong Harbor to shell enemy shore positions during the Vietnam War. Admiral Holloway was along as Commander, Seventh Fleet, and had a front row seat for the dramatic events that unfolded.
As you may know, we’re currently deep into the planning stages for a new exhibit at the Cold War Gallery based on Operation Lion’s Den. If you’d like to learn more about the exhibit, or make a donation to support its construction, we invite you to read our earlier announcement. Completion of the exhibit is planned by summer 2012 at the Cold War Gallery, part of the National Navy Museum at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC. Alternately, you can make a donation on our Fundly page.
“Into the Lion’s Den” Exhibit - Heavy Cruiser USS Newport News (CA-148)
Today we present a series of photos of the heavy cruiser USS Newport News (CA-148), the centerpiece of the new 2012 exhibit planed for the Cold War Gallery. Ship photos taken from collection of Naval History and Heritage Command, patch photo taken from collection of Naval Historical Foundation
To learn more about the upcoming exhibit “Into the Lion’s Den” which features USS Newport News, please visit our Fundly page: