BOOK REVIEW – In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest War

By Joshus Welle, John Ennis, Katherine Kranz, and Graham Plaster, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2012)

Reviewed by Stephen Phillips

All midshipmen realize that they have volunteered for service. However, as they started the fall semester of their senior year, the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2002 could not have predicted that they would become junior officers in the next global war. In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest War is their story written in their words. The Class of 2002 discusses leadership, personal trials, and an insider’s view of the war on terrorism at the tactical level.

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USNA Class of 1951 Raises $51,000 for Navy’s Cold War Gallery

To memorialize those efforts and their classmates who lost their lives, the Naval Academy Class of 1951 has raised and contributed $51,000 to the building of the Navy’s Cold War Gallery annex to the National Museum of the United States Navy in the Washington Navy Yard.

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Image from 1951 Lucky Bag, courtesy Navy Department Library

On 6 April 1968, the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) was recommissioned for shore bombardment duty in Vietnam. This photo shows New Jersey bombarding enemy targets near Tuyho, on South Vietnam’s central coast, during her last line period, late in March 1969. NHHC Photo NH 90639, by PH2 Monty L. Tipton.