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A Family Tradition

REAR ADMIRAL H. WYMAN HOWARD, IIICommander, Special Operations Command Central My grandfather Hugh Wyman Howard and his brother Curtis William Howard both attended the United States Naval Academy in the late 1930s, separated by a year in the classes of 1937 and 1938, respectively.  Our family’s long history with the …

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The History of Navy Rank: Warrant Officers

Nicholas Roland, Historian Naval History and Heritage Command Showing from left: Private, Drummer (Marine Corps), Warrant Officer, Musician, Chief Petty Officer (Master-at- Arms), Private (Marine Corps), Corporal (Marine Corps). Lithograph by Werner, copyright in 1899 by The Werner Company. To outsiders, especially members of the non-maritime services, the U.S. Navy’s …

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Remembering Capt. Pete Tzomes

A note from the editor: Capt. C.A. “Pete” Tzomes—the first African American to command a nuclear-powered submarine—died at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA, June 13. He was 74. He was the first of the “Centennial Seven,” who were the only seven African American men to command …

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“Act to provide a naval armament” – 225th Anniversary of the Creation of the United States Navy

By Margherita M. Desy, Historian, Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston “Whereas the depredations committed by the Algerine corsairs on the commerce of the United States render it necessary that a naval force should be provided for its protection…” The fledgling United States was in a difficult position in 1794.  …

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The End of Hornet – Part 3

As a 19-year-old seaman who had been in the Navy for about a year and a half, Richard Nowatzki’s ship USS Hornet (CV 8) was mortally wounded in the intense World War II Battle of Santa Cruz Islands.  In this first-handaccount, from his book Memoirs of a Navy Major, Nowatzkishares …

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