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Playing “Taps” Links Sailor to WWII Shipmate

By Musician 2nd Class Kristen Gale, Trumpet Instrumentalist, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band I’ve often thought about thanking Ms. Fox. She had a startling lack of patience for an elementary art teacher, but it was her irritability that caused an 11-year-old me to want to join the band. I wanted …

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The National Naval Aviation Museum’s Must See List

By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established National Aviation Day, choosing August 19th as a fitting date since it was the birthday of Orville Wright.  On the occasion of this 78th National Aviation Day, here are some of the most interesting things …

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Why Naval History Matters to Indiana

By Alexis Cutler, Intern Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division When you think of the Navy the first thing that comes to your mind is water. From that, no one would expect to think “Navy” when talking about the Midwest. However, naval history is dispersed all across …

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Old Glory Continues to Inspire Drama and Intrigue

Old Glory, the famous flag belonging to sea captain William Driver during the Civil War, is part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s collection. (Hugh Talman/NMAH, SI)

By Devon Hubbard Sorlie, Communication and Outreach Division, Naval History and Heritage Command While many have called the American flag “Old Glory,” few know how that nickname began. Fewer still know about the fight that continues today – 184 years later – over a the original flag that was first …

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