Tag: State Histories

Aug. 3, 2018

The Naval History of Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be small, but it is historically mighty. As a colony, Rhode Island was the first of thirteen to renounce allegiance to the British. And, while Rhode Island is less than 50 miles long and 37 miles wide, its 400 miles of coastline have ensured a rich naval past. The U.S. Navy cemented its presence in Rhode Island during the Civil War

Aug. 1, 2018

The Naval History of North Carolina

The "Tar Heel State" of North Carolina shares an important part in the history of the U.S. Navy. At least 40 ships have been named after cities, places, and people in North Carolina. Four ships have been named after the state itself, the most recent being USS North Carolina (SSN 777), a Virginia-class submarine that was commissioned in Wilmington,

July 31, 2018

The Naval History of Pennsylvania

Citizens of Pennsylvania have long contributed to America's naval history, going all the way back to the founding of our nation. During the Revolution, Pennsylvania native Benjamin Franklin served as America's naval representative in Europe. Franklin's support of Lambert Wickes's raids on English shipping and John Paul Jones's daring feats helped

July 6, 2018

The Naval History of North Dakota

Admitted to the Union as the 39th state, North Dakota has made its fair share of contributions to naval history. At least 13 ships have been named after the state, its cities, places, and people. Two ships have been named after "The Peace Garden" state itself: USS North Dakota I (BB 29), a battleship commissioned in 1910, and USS North Dakota II

June 7, 2018

The Naval History of Nevada

Despite its landlocked geography and arid environment, the state of Nevada enjoys a wealth of naval history. At least 20 Ships have been named for Nevada, its cities, places, and people. No fewer than three ships have served using the state's namesake. The earliest was the Nevada I (Monitor No. 8), a double turreted monitor, which was laid down as

June 1, 2018

The Naval History of Kansas

Kansas' status as a landlocked state doesn't stop it from having rich ties to naval history and heritage. At least five Sailors from Kansas have received the Medal of Honor for their acts of valor while serving in the U.S. Navy. Naval heroes from Kansas include Capt. Donald Kirby Ross, a Beverly native who received the Medal of Honor for his

May 2, 2018

The Naval History of Oklahoma

On September 17, 1907 the people of the Indian and Oklahoma Territories voted in favor of statehood. The vote was certified and delivered to President Theodore Roosevelt and on November 16, 1907, Roosevelt issued Presidential Proclamation 780 admitting Oklahoma as the forty-sixth state.You might not associate a landlocked state like Oklahoma with

June 7, 2017

Naval History of Massachusetts

As one of the original 13 colonies, the history of state of Massachusetts is as old as the United States itself.Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell, the man who invented the telephone, first demonstrated its use in Boston in 1876? Did you know Massachusetts is home to America's first lighthouse, the country's first college? Even the first

May 25, 2017

Why Naval History Matters to New York

If you asked anyone around the world to name one of the fifty states that belongs to the United States of America, the answer you'd most likely get is New York. The New York state motto is "Excelsior" and New Yorkers definitely believe that they move "ever upward" just like their 229-year relationship with the U.S. Navy. New York was the 11th state

May 23, 2017

Naval History of Oregon

Oregon has more ties to the U.S. Navy than one might initially think.For starters, Oregon's state colors are Navy blue and gold. At least 30 ships have been named after the state of Oregon, its cities, places and people. Three ships bear the state's name, including the future USS Oregon (SSN 793), a Virginia-class attack submarine. The first Oregon