Preservation, Education, and Commemoration of Naval History
Have you checked Google this morning? The “doodle” celebrates the 107th birthday of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computer programming and women in the Navy. Take a second today and go to Google to honor “Grandma COBOL.”
GO TO GOOGLE HERE.
Go to Washington Post story on Hopper’s “Doodle” HERE.
Norman’s Corner: Admiral Chris Cagle in War and in Peace
Norman Polmar’s Corner: Missile Boat Commander Extraordinaire
By Norman Polmar
During my professional career I have consulted to three foreign navies—Australian, Chinese, and Israeli—as well as to several foreign commercial firms. I met and worked with interesting people in all of these countries and have maintained friendships with several of them. Among them is Micha (Michael) Ram, retired vice admiral and former Commander-in-Chief of the Israeli Navy. I first met Ram in 1980 when he was a student at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Our friendship began at a Washington reception when he was introduced to me as a “comer” in the Israeli Navy.(read more here)
On 5 August 1864 during the American Civil War, a Union squadron commanded by Rear Admiral David G. Farragut was victorious at the Battle of Mobile Bay, sealing off the last Confederate port on the Gulf Coast. This is the battle in which Farragut uttered his famous quote, “Damn the Torpedoes, Full speed ahead!” This oil painting by by Xanthus Smith (circa 1890) depicts the surrender of CSS Tennessee to the Union squadron. Identifiable U.S. Navy ships present include: Winnebago (monitor in the left distance), Chickasaw (monitor in the foreground) and Hartford (Farragut’s flagship, in the right center, painted light gray). NHHC image KN-843.
Naval Historical Foundation Oral History Program
Over the years we’ve compiled over 200 oral histories of sailors and individuals involved in naval activities. We invite you to check out the index of those people online, and to read the selected histories we have posted so far. We plan to post more in the future, stay tuned!
(see the NHF oral history index)
On 3 July 1898 at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, during the Spanish-American War, a U.S Navy fleet commanded by Rear Admiral William Sampson destroyed a Spanish fleet commanded by Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete, as the Spanish attempted to break out past a US blockade. This painting by Fred S. Cozzens depicts the battle. NHHC image NH 85767-KN.
BOOK REVIEW – Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater
By Brayton Harris, Palgrave Macmillan: New York, (2012)
Reviewed by Captain Scott Mobley, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Brayton Harris begins his narrative by pledging to give the reader a “guided tour” of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s life. Harris delivers on this promise, tracing Nimitz’s rise from a small-town Texas boyhood to the apex of naval high command. U.S. Naval Institute oral histories inform Harris’ research, as do contemporary news stories and an array of secondary sources-most notably E.B Potter’s monumental biography of the admiral: Nimitz, published in 1976. Compared to Potter’s earlier work, Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater provides a tidy, straightforward account-in a volume considerably slimmer than its predecessor.
Norman Polmar’s Corner: The Envelope Aircraft Carrier
By Norman Polmar
A telephone call in early March 1974 from one of my consulting customers in the Navy Department alerted me to a problem: The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, was upset with me. I had written a brief article in the March issue of the Naval Institute Proceedings—“Sea Control Ship and Navy Missions”—raising questions about the proposed sea control ship, one of several Zumwalt ship initiatives.