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The Battle of the Atlantic: An Overview

Jon Middaugh, NHHC Histories and Archives Division The Battle of the Atlantic was one of the most important fronts in World War II. In September 1939, Germany immediately sought to capitalize on Britain’s dependence on imports of food and raw materials.  After the Wehrmacht attacked it in June 1941, the …

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Twenty Years of Fostering Research on Naval Heritage: The NHHC Permitting Program

By Dr. Alexis Catsambis and Blair Atcheson, Naval History and Heritage Command, Underwater Archaeology Branch In May of 2000, the Navy established an archaeological research permitting program that promoted research into its historic ship and aircraft wrecks. Fifteen years later, the program was expanded to include all sunken and terrestrial …

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Honoring our Navy’s Vietnam War Veterans

Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a day we join the nation in honoring our Vietnam War-era veterans. Although we are unable to honor these veterans in person while maintaining proper social distancing, we are able to highlight some of …

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Bud Elliott and USS Wasp

By D. Kevin Elliott   My dad was descending a ladder on the starboard stern of USS Wasp (CV 7) when he was rocked by the concussion from three torpedoes hitting the aircraft carrier in rapid succession. Just 35 minutes later the captain ordered abandon ship and my dad slid …

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