Tag: State Histories

Sept. 30, 2019

Naval History of Wyoming

By the late 1880s, Republicans and Democrats alike agreed that it was time for the territory of Wyoming to become a state, and on July 10, 1890, Wyoming was the 44th state admitted to the Union.You might not associate a landlocked state like Wyoming with the U.S. Navy, but the state actually does have some ties to U.S. Naval History. A surprising

Sept. 23, 2019

Naval History of West Virginia

While West Virginia is lives up to its name, "The Mountain State," with countless hills and valleys great for outdoor adventures, its unlikely naval ties have left their mark in history.With a small fleet of 25 vessels named after its cities, places, and people, not to mention the state itself, none were more instrumental that USS West Virginia II

Sept. 23, 2019

Naval History of Vermont

While it holds at least 20 ships named after the noteworthy people, cities, and places, the state of Vermont has held significant a significant historic place in naval history. Three ships have been named in honor of the state's name, the first being  a 74-gun warship authorized by Congress in 1816, a battleship (BB 20), and a Virginia-class attack

July 11, 2019

The Naval History of New Jersey

The state of New Jersey has a history as rich as any in the United States. Because of its location near the center of the original thirteen colonies (between New York City and Philadelphia), the "Garden State" played an important role in the Revolutionary War. In fact, during the war, more battles were fought in New Jersey than in any other state,

Feb. 5, 2019

The Naval History of South Carolina

The contributions of the Palmetto State to the U.S. Navy stretch back to the nation's origins and are uniquely reflected in the ships that have been named for the state, its cities, places, and people. There have been at least 40 ships named for the state, including at least nine of them being named for the state capital, Columbia. Did you know -

Nov. 2, 2018

The Naval History of Minnesota

The naval history of Minnesota is a long and prestigious one.It could be argued that Minnesotans have a natural calling to water purely because of their proximity to so many lakes. With one boat per every six people, "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," has more recreational boaters per capita than any other state in the union! No fewer than 38 ships have

Oct. 31, 2018

The Naval History of Nebraska

Though Nebraska is landlocked, the "Cornhusker State" has made waves in U.S. naval history. Nebraska was admitted as the 37th state of the United States in 1867 and has at least 38 ships named for its cities, places, and people with 3 alone named for its largest city: Omaha. Quite a few notable Navy veterans hail from Nebraska. Joseph Rober "Bob"

Aug. 16, 2018

The Naval History of Michigan

It should come as little surprise that Michigan, bound by four out of the five Great Lakes, and possessing one of the longest freshwater coastlines in the world, has deep ties to naval history. More than 32 ships are named after Michigan, its cities, places, and people. Three ships have been named for the state, including a guided missile submarine

Aug. 16, 2018

The Naval History of Kentucky

Even states without any coastline have strong ties to the U.S. Navy. For example, look at the naval history and heritage of Kentucky, as seen in the life of Lt. jg. Richard Caswell Saufley. Saufley was born on Sept. 1, 1884, in Stanford, KY, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1908. He was designated Naval Aviator No. 14. Saufley set numerous

Aug. 6, 2018

The Naval History of New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a short coast line but a long naval history. With the state motto, "Live Free or Die," coined by a Revolutionary War hero, it's no surprise New Hampshire has given rise to some notable naval leaders.Perhaps the most prominent, was astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr., born on Nov. 18, 1923, in Derry, New Hampshire. Shepard was