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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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Naval Gunfire During the Battle of Java Sea

Co-authored by John Sherwood, Ph.D., historian and Marcus Thompson, Naval History & Heritage Command.  Before World War II, most naval planners believed that a surface action between two fleets would last just minutes before one side or another was completely mauled by the effects of modern gun and torpedo fire. During …

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Honor the Past – Inspire the Future – LCDR O’Hare Remembered

170217-N-SI684-04 (Feb. 17, 2017) CHICAGO – 14th Ward Alderman Edward Burke, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, present Dr. Butch O’Hare Palmer (nephew of Lt. Cmdr. O’Hare) with City Council resolution that recognizes Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 as Lt. Cmdr. Edward “Butch” O’Hare Day in the city of Chicago. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey S. Gray/Released)

Editor’s note: On Friday, February 17th, Vice Admiral Cullom, along with Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, honored the toughness of LCDR Edward O’Hare. 75 years ago, on February 20th, 1942, during the early days of World War II, without supporting aircraft and without hesitation, O’Hare challenged nine enemy bombers headed for …

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Last Call: Honoring the USS Arizona Survivors

By Sam Cox (Rear Adm. USN, Ret.), Director, Naval History and Heritage Command Smith’s Union Bar, in a somewhat run-down area of Honolulu and described in tourist literature as a “dive bar”, was not where I expected to be a couple nights before the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack …

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Surface Warrior – Remembering Ernest Evans

By Sam Cox (Rear Adm. USN, Ret.), Director, Naval History and Heritage Command “In no engagement of its entire history has the United States Navy shown more gallantry, guts and gumption than in those two morning hours between 0730 and 0930 off Samar,” – Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison in …

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