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Naval History of Texas

By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division The Texas state motto is “Friendship,” and Texans definitely have a friend in their U.S. Navy, just ask anyone who has served on one of the over 100 ships named in honor of the state! If you believe everything really is …

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

By Arif Patani, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Thomas Jefferson – the author of the Declaration of Independence, the Nation’s first Secretary of State, second Vice President of the United States, and the third President of the United States – is one of America’s founding fathers and …

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Shore Sailor of the Year Discusses The Importance of History

By Communication and Outreach Division, Naval History and Heritage Command This week, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard announced the 2015 Navy Shore Sailor of the Year during a ceremony held at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., March 30. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jessica Wentlent of …

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Batter Up, Sailor!

By Megan Churchwell, Museum Curator, Puget Sound Navy Museum When Baseball Went to War is an exhibit at the Puget Sound Navy Museum, which explores the history of Navy baseball from its earliest years through World War II. Baseball was among the earliest team sports played at the U.S. Naval Academy, …

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What’s Next for USS Conestoga?

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 23, 2016) The wreck of the U.S. Navy tugboat USS Conestoga is seen on sonar in at a depth of 185 feet in the waters of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in California. Conestoga departed San Francisco Bay on March 25, 1921 and vanished with 56 men. The discovery of the wreck solves a 95 year-old mystery. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NOAA/Released)

By: Naval History and Heritage Command Underwater Archaeology Branch Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with support from NHHC’s Underwater Archaeology Branch, announced that after almost 95 years, the mystery of USS Conestoga had been solved. The ship was discovered in 2009 and positively identified in 2015 in …

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Why Navy History Matters to Arizona

By Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division The Grand Canyon State has more ties to the U.S. Navy than one might initially think. For starters, there are at least 30 ships named after cities, places, people, and American Indian tribes of Arizona. Possibly the most famous is …

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St. Patrick’s Day: Irish-Americans in the U.S. Navy

From  Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Today we celebrate St. Patrick’s day by taking a brief look at the contributions of Navy’s well known Irish-Americans Sailors. We think you’ll enjoy reading about the few we picked, but let us know about the Irish-American Sailors you think did a great …

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Astronauts Rise to Meet the Gemini 8 Challenge

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division While Gemini 8 wasn’t the mission that coined the phrase, ‘Houston, we have a problem’ (that would be Apollo 13) it was the first emergency in space. Gemini 8 actually marked two firsts in human spaceflight—the …

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MCPON William H. Plackett: A Focus on Leadership

From Naval History and Heritage Command  By today’s standards, reading Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy William H. Plackett’s bio, he would seem a fairly ordinary Master Chief (if that remarkable achievement could be described as ordinary): joined the Navy from a small town (Paxton, Ill.), went to A …

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