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Navy Medal of Honor Recipients at Iwo Jima

The first Medals of Honor were presented on March 25, 1863. To commemorate this date, in 1990, Congress designated March 25 “National Medal of Honor Day” to recognize recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest and most prestigious military decoration awarded to U.S. service members who have distinguished themselves …

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Code Name: BOBCAT – Part Two

By Gina Nichols, Archivist/Head of Collections Department, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum Editor’s note: This is Part Two in the series about how the Seabee’s were created. Read Part One here.  From 1940-1941, BuDocks used contractors to develop and construct outlying bases on territories owned or governed by the United States. …

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Code Name: BOBCAT – Part One

By Gina Nichols, Archivist/Head of Collections Department, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum Editor’s note: What does a Bobcat, Pearl Harbor and the South Pacific have to do with the creation of the Seabees? A lot. Read this two-part blog series to find out how 75 years ago, the Navy established a …

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Naval Gunfire During the Battle of Java Sea

Co-authored by John Sherwood, Ph.D., historian and Marcus Thompson, Naval History & Heritage Command.  Before World War II, most naval planners believed that a surface action between two fleets would last just minutes before one side or another was completely mauled by the effects of modern gun and torpedo fire. During …

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Patrol Boat River Lethality in Vietnam

By John Sherwood, Historian, Naval History & Heritage Command During the Vietnam War, the Navy deployed a variety of small boats to South Vietnam ranging from Boston Whalers to modified World War II era landing craft. Perhaps the most iconic of them all was the Patrol Boat River or PBR …

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