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Remembering McClelland Barclay

    By Jay Thomas, Assistant Director for Collection Management, Naval History and Heritage Command  For me, one of the joys of working at the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) is the different kinds of historical experts on the staff – curators, archaeologists, artists, archivists, historians, and librarians all work …

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The Plan to Attack Pearl Harbor – Again

By Daniel Garas, Naval History and Heritage Command Emboldened by a string of victories across the Pacific in the early months of World War II, the Japanese empire launched a bold and unorthodox attack that is seldom remembered today. Though a tactical victory, the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor …

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The Brothers of Waterloo

  By Arif Patani, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division When it comes to the history of our Navy – or the history of our nation for that matter – there are not too many families that have sacrificed more than the Sullivans. Shortly after the devastating …

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Theodore Roosevelt and Navy Day

By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division From John Paul Jones to Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, from Rear Adm. Grace Hopper to Master Chief Carl Brashear – when it comes to heroes and notable people in history, the list of names in naval history is nearly endless. One …

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Manning the Rails: A Navy Tradition

  By Annalisa Underwood, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division Manning the rail, like the ceremonial military gun salute, is a centuries old practice for rendering honors aboard naval vessels. According to Royal Connell and William Mack’s “Naval Ceremonies, Customs, and Traditions,” the custom of manning the …

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Putting America Back On The Map: The Doolittle Raid

By Annalisa Underwood, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, a joint operation between the U.S Navy and the U.S. Army Air Forces that greatly reinvigorated our country’s morale after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor just four months …

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Skin Deep: The Nautical Roots of Tattoo Culture

By  Megan Churchwell, Puget Sound Navy Museum Editor’s Note: In response to feedback from the fleet and senior enlisted leadership, the Navy announced two changes to its uniform policy, March 31, in NAVADMIN 082/16. Learn more about the changes here. Modern tattoo culture is rooted in the nautical world. The …

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