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A Royal Collection

By Laura Waayers, Reference Archivsist, and Lisa Crunk, Lead Photo Archivist, Naval History and Heritage Command In celebration of the recent royal birth, and in honor of the cherished Anglo-American relationship (as exemplified in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex), we would like to highlight some of the “royal babies” …

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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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“Act to provide a naval armament” – 225th Anniversary of the Creation of the United States Navy

By Margherita M. Desy, Historian, Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston “Whereas the depredations committed by the Algerine corsairs on the commerce of the United States render it necessary that a naval force should be provided for its protection…” The fledgling United States was in a difficult position in 1794.  …

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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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A Future CNO’s Trial by Fire

    By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum In 1930, Lt. Forrest P. Sherman authored an article for U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, one of many the prolific writer submitted to the journal during the interwar years. The title was “Some Aspects of Carrier and Cruiser Design,” and in …

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A Century of Service with the U.S. Navy Photo Archive

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Histories and Archives Division January 2019 marked the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Navy’s Photo Archive, currently held at the Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard. The Navy’s collection of historical records predates the National Archives (established …

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