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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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The Search for the Kido Butai

Frank Thompson, Deputy Assistant Director for Collection Management  Naval History and Heritage Command Thompson looks over historical documents and records after the discovery of IJN Akagi. Courtesy PaulAllen.com During the first six months of the Pacific War in 1942, the Imperial Japanese Navy wielded one of the most fearsome weapons …

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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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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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5 Things to Know: The Shared Pacific Umbilical of USS Monsoor & USS Missouri

By Dave Werner, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs On Saturday, January 26th the Navy will commission its newest Zumwalt-class destroyer, the USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), at 10:00 a.m. at Naval Air Station North Island.  A little further West in the Pacific, organizers are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the January 1944 …

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