Preservation, Education, and Commemoration of Naval History
Read it HERE.
SEASONED COFFEE MUGS
You might not now it, but the practice of leaving your coffee mug unwashed, or “seasoned,” is a common practice in the military. Read more about it and my own personal experiences with it at the Naval Historical Foundation blog HERE.
Show us your “Mug” shots! #NHFmugshots
(Original photo from All Hands Magazine, August 1949)
BOOK REVIEW – McNamara, Clifford, and the Burdens of Vietnam, 1965-69
By Edward J. Drea, Washington, D.C.:Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, (2011).
Reviewed by Dr. Richard P. Hallion
The historians within the Office of the Secretary of Defense have established an enviable reputation for meticulously researched and well-crafted books, particularly their series on the various Secretaries of Defense. Edward J. Drea’s impressive new volume in this series will add further luster to both the office and its author. Drea, a highly regarded historian of wide-ranging experience, is no stranger to those in the military history community, and he has drawn on a wide range of official and unofficial sources to brilliantly relate four crucial years in the Johnson era.
On 14 March 1863, during the American Civil War, Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut’s squadron of seven ships forced their way up the Mississippi River past the heavy batteries at Port Hudson, Louisiana, to support Union troops at Vicksburg and Baton Rouge. This Currier and Ives image depicts the battle. Library of Congress LC-USZC2-1973.
BOOK REVIEW – E-BOAT vs. MTB: The English Channel 1941-45
By Gordon Williamson, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, (2011).
Reviewed by Captain John A. Rodgaard, U.S.Navy (Retired)
E-BOAT vs. MTB is Gordon Williamson’s latest contribution to Osprey Publishing Company’s Osprey’s “Duel” series of short works that emphasize the “…account of machines of war pitted against each other and the combatants who operate them.”
BOOK REVIEW – Great Lakes Warships, 1812-1815
By Mark Lardas, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom (2010)
Reviewed by Diana L. Ahmad, Ph.D.
For a book of only forty-eight pages, this publication provides an excellent overview of the Great Lakes ships of the War of 1812. An amateur historian, the author, Mark Lardas, trained as a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineer, but worked at the Johnson Space Center for a time. Lardas devotes as much time to describing the vessels as he does to explaining the battles in which the ships participated.