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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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The Sailors of Iwo Jima

Naval History and Heritage Command’s Communication and Outreach Division The Battle of Iwo Jima began on February 19, 1945 as Sailors and Marines faced Imperial Japanese forces over the control of the island. The island was a critical point for the United States as it planned their attacks on the …

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Fair Winds, Admiral Holloway

By: Samuel J. Cox RADM, USN (retired)Director of Naval History, Curator for the NavyDirector, Naval History and Heritage Command A note from the editor: Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret.), the twentieth Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), passed away on November 26, 2019, at the age of 97. Holloway …

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“This is Dad’s letter!”

On October 26, 2019, a Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Outreach team composed of Archivist Amanda Shaw, Public Affairs Specialist Alura Romero, Historian Dr. Richard Hulver, and Curator Tonia Deetz Rock. attended the commissioning of the newest Indianapolis into the Navy, LCS-17. Attending such events is part of the …

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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: The Officer Corps

By Nicholas Roland, Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command To outsiders, especially members of the non-maritime services, the U.S. Navy’s unique rank structure can be confusing. The history of Navy ranks is equally complicated, and includes an assortment of ranks that no longer exist and some that have disappeared, reappeared, …

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