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Feb. 11, 2022

Karen M. Davis, Mentor and Leader

Over the past 18 months, the Naval History and Heritage Command has highlighted female Navy trailblazers. We’ve shared their stories because the women are important members of the Navy family and they’ve served as valuable role models for the next generation of Navy civilians and Sailors. NHHC is committed to ensuring their stories are remembered

Feb. 27, 2018

America's First Black Sailors

British gold and promises of personal freedom served as futile incentives among the Negroes of the American Navy; for them, the proud consciousness of duty well done served as a constant monitor and nerved their strong black arms when thundering shot and shell menaced the future of the country; and, although African slavery was still a recognized

Feb. 21, 2018

The History of African American History Month

Along with the rest of the country, the Navy History and Heritage Command observes February as African American Heritage Month. African Americans have served with distinction in every war and conflict in the history of the United States and have earned the highest awards our country bestows, including the Congressional Medal of Honor and Navy

May 1, 2017

Chung-Hoon, Pililaau, Inouye: Ships Named for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made many important contributions to our nation and its military throughout history. As we continue to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, we take a look at three U.S. Navy ships named for three great Americans.USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93)Named for Rear Adm. Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon, USS

July 29, 2016

The First WAVES

On July 30, 1942 President Roosevelt signed into law the establishment of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). Establishing the WAVES was a lengthy effort. Inter-war changes in the Naval Reserve legislation specifically limited service to men, so new legislation was essential. The next few months saw the commissioning of

April 28, 2016

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Naval History

Asian American and Pacific Islander Sailors, past and present, contribute to the strength of our force and the defense of our nation. May, designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, is an opportunity for us to celebrate their contributions and the diversity within the Navy. In 1990,?a bill was pass by Congress and signed by

March 16, 2016

St. Patrick's Day: Irish-Americans in the U.S. Navy

Today we celebrate St. Patrick's day by taking a brief look at the contributions of Navy's well known Irish-Americans Sailors. We think you'll enjoy reading about the few we picked, but let us know about the Irish-American Sailors you think did a great job representing our Navy!  John BarryAs a young man, John Barry was active in the seagoing trade

Feb. 26, 2016

A World Apart . . . What the Sea Washed Away

Described as a microcosm of our nation, today's fleet leverages a palette of many colors. At sea, we wear blue camouflage and jerseys with each color of the rainbow to distinguish craft and responsibilities on flight decks. We paint our ships "Haze Gray" while underway. Even the pipes and service systems aboard ships are color-coded to discern

Feb. 24, 2016

The Legacy of African American Leadership

Editor's Note: Sailors find the greatest mentorship by watching their leader's everyday actions. Often times we do not know which Sailors of today will be the trail blazers written about in history tomorrow; but one thing we do know is their success is forged, in part, by the Sailors that served before them. Growing up in humble settings, I had no

Jan. 2, 2015

Adm. Zumwalt's Legacy, Spirit Carries Through Today's Navy

On January 2, 2000, Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr., the 19th Chief of Naval Operations, died at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.On this date 15 years ago, we lost a great man whose legacy and spirit still serve as the backbone of today's Navy. Adm. Zumwalt was born in San Francisco, Calif. on Nov. 29, 1920 and raised in nearby Tulare by his