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U.S. Navy History Crossword Puzzle

Like crosswords? Love the U.S. Navy? Fancy yourself a history buff?? Then try your luck at the Naval History and Heritage Command’s crossword puzzle!

Invented by New York journalist Arthur Wynne in 1913, these puzzles have engaged and enraged generations. In celebration of this classic American game, we’ve created a puzzle inspired by key figures and milestones in U.S. Navy’s history. Click the image to download and print a PDF version and grab a pen — or pencil if you’re not that bold! If you need hints, check out the clues below and click on the corresponding links to help solve the puzzle. Each answer can be found within our blog or via searching  www.history.navy.mil.


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3. What motto is famously featured on the U.S. Navy Jack? (four words)

7. Which U.S. Navy captain is quoted as having said, “I have not yet begun to fight”? (three words)

9. This U.S. Navy nurse was the first woman to receive the Navy Cross while still living. (two words)

10. This is the Navy term for “rumors or gossip.”

14. On Oct. 15, 1917, this Sailor, upon seeing a German U-Boat torpedo, ran aft of the USS Cassin (DD-43) and started throwing depth charges overboard to save the ship. He was the first enlisted Sailor to be killed in World War I. (two words)

16. The surname of the Vice Admiral who lead the Navy in the joint bombing operation, the “Doolittle Raid.”

18. Complete the phrase: “ ______ ________ and all is well.” (two words)

19. How many times was U.S. Marine Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller awarded the Navy Cross?


1. In February 1944, the Navy commissioned its first African-American officers. The twelve commissioned officers and a warrant officer who received his rank at the same time came to be known as the “_________ _______.” (two words)

2. This female Navy Captain logged more than 1,200 hours in space when she completed four space flights: STS-67 Endeavor, STS-86 Atlantis, STS-91Discovery, and STS-114 Columbia. (two words)

4. What is the surname of the of the first Medal of Honor awardee of World War II?

5. Entered into uniform regulations for our enlisted Sailors in 1886, what affectionate nickname was given to this cover described as a “low rolled brim high-domed item of constructed canvas”? (two words)

6. What was the name of the first Seabee unit? Hint: It is based on the codename for the small island of Bora Bora in the Society Islands.

8. This class of carrier can move at a speed of 31.5 knots, has a crew of 4,582, and utilizes a catobar launch and recovery system.

11. When a visitor reaches a predetermined point and begins his or her approach to board the ship, sideboys are called to attention, and the boatswain’s mate pipes “_____________.”

12. How many stars are featured on the seal for the USS Gerald R. Ford? Hint: It coincides with his tenure as president. (two words)

13. This is the term for a naval signal, conveyed by flaghoist or voice radio, meaning “well done.” (two words)

15. The 1942 Battle of the ______ ___ was the first time in history where combat between two fleets took place solely by carrier plane. (two words)

17. Which Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier made three Pacific deployments serving in the Vietnam War and receiving five battle stars for her service?

20. A “uniform based” nickname for any surface Navy officer or CPO. (two words)

If you’re still having trouble solving the puzzle, click here for the answer key.