Preservation, Education, and Commemoration of Naval History
Admiral John Harvey gave a wonderful speech at last night’s Midway Celebration Dinner at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. Admiral Harvey focused on the real reason for the victory at Midway: the sailors and marines that fought - not the machines. Without the decisions that sailors like Wade McClusky, Eugene Lindsey, and Admiral Spruance made the morning of the 4th, victory would have been unlikely for the American Fleet. To the men who fought that day, and to the many more that gave their last measure of devotion to the preservation of freedom that morning.
Four new planes were added late last month to the U.S. Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery. Check out this short blog post about the four models and the men who flew them during the Cold War.
Read more about it in today’s NHF Blog Post
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.)
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.
Captain George Stewart, USN (Ret) closes out his 5 part series on Fletcher class destroyers with some personal memories of serving in USS Halsey Powell (DD 686) during the 1950’s. Read it here.
(In this photo, USS Halsey Powell is shown at San Diego, second from right, in 1955. NHHC image NH 91826.)