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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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The Oerlikon 20 mm: The Right Tool for the Job

By Daniel Garas, Naval History and Heritage Command Before it entered World War II, the United States Navy realized aviation would play a significant role in the upcoming conflict. In order to deal with this emerging threat, its ships would need to be outfitted with capable anti-aircraft systems. Throughout the …

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Eyewitness to a Sinking

  By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum Citizen Sailor Like many who manned the Navy’s ships and flew its aircraft during World War II, William C. Chambliss was a member of the Naval Reserve, a citizen-sailor called to active service. He entered naval service during the year of …

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