By Norman Polmar (Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of blogs by Norman Polmar, author, analyst, and consultant in the naval, aviation, and intelligence fields. Follow the full series here.) Soon after I went to work for Navy Times in late 1959, the editor-in-chief, John Slinkman, came over to my desk and
One of the true joys of returning from sea from a long deployment is to have a loved one join you on a short transit home to see what Dad, Mom, Aunt or Uncle does in the Navy. This post will be co-written by me and the NHF director of Events, Mr. Sam Hall, whose
Imagine chaos raging from France through Germany that surrounded the end of the slaughter on the Western Front in the fall of 1918. Or the new rounds of killings that accompanied the revolution in Russia through 1924 and engulfed the Baltic States, ravaged Poland and ripped East Prussia from Berlin. As well, the privation of
PREVIEW: “Red Navy Revealed: The Soviet Navy; Intelligence and Analysis During the Cold War” When: 4-6 PM September 6, 2017 Where: The Cold War Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in the Washington Navy Yard Participants: Ms. Celia Mansfield, Dr. David Rosenberg, Mr. George Fedoroff, RADM Thomas Brooks, Mr. Norman Polmar, Mr.
We have received some updates from a blog post written in July 2012. The original article, “Looking for Assistance on WWII Ship Recognition at Ulithi Atoll,” caught the eye of David Stubblebine, a contributor to the World War II Database. According to Stubblebine, he cross examined several war diaries with a berthing chart of the
Ditty Bag: Collections of the Naval Historical Foundation An Artifact and Collections Blog Series Ditty Bag: Imperial Japanese Navy Collar Tabs The Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy shared rank titles during World War II. Ranks for the military ascended from Ensign (Shōi) to Sub-Lieutenant (Chūi) all the way through to Grand Marshal (Dai-gensui).
“It is a real war call- the urgency is evident [. . .] as an assurance of appreciation of our community of their patriotism in this emergency we must engrave their names in a permanent record.” (The Baltimore Sun, 3 April 1917) Several weeks ago, the Foundation received an email from a woman seeking out
Ditty Bag: Collections of the Naval Historical Foundation An Artifact and Collections Blog Series Ditty Bag: Trần Hưng Đạo Statue Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret.) received this statuette from Rear Admiral and Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Vietnam Navy, Tran Van Chon in 1972 when then-Vice Admiral Holloway was Commander,
Most people in the United States (especially the East Coast) know that the Atlantic Hurricane Season lasts from the beginning of June until the end of November. During those six months, we anxiously watch our television screens as each successive storm passes to the United States, some reaching from the African coast to the reaches
A few days ago, we asked our FACEBOOK fans what their favorite port of call was while in the Navy. Summer is here, and the wanderlust for vacation is heavy. We got a few responses, but are still looking for more! If you have a favorite, comment here or go on our Facebook page and let us
“Men have the luxury of being average. When you walk in as a woman, that assumption does not come with you.” – Michelle Howard, Commander, USS Rushmore, Time Magazine, 2000. This blog discusses American naval history. History, by definition, is a study of the past. It is a very rare and special treat
The obsession began over seven years ago. In 2006, I began at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum as a wide-eyed intern, ready to take on the new and fascinating world of naval history. I thought the coffee mess at work was reserved for staff and volunteers only. I did not feel comfortable partaking in the
By Steve O’Brien, Self Published, (2002). Reviewed by Commander Paul W. Murphey, CHC, USN (Ret), Ph.D. It was only four years in the long life of Father John P. Foley, S.J. For many of “the greatest generation,” it was the most momentous time of his life. After the arduous years of becoming a Jesuit and serving
The National Museum of the Royal Navy runs a research seminar programme from October to June each academic year. This seminar programme gives new and established scholars the opportunity to present their latest research to a research active and supportive audience. All areas and aspects of naval history, British or foreign, strategic, technological, social or
Amirs, Admirals & Desert Sailors: Bahrain, the U.S. Navy, and the Arabian Gulf, by Dr. David F. Winkler “This book should be required reading for all who sail ‘east of Suez.’” —Rear Adm. Paul E. Tobin Jr., USN (Ret.) The Naval Institute Press is pleased to announce Dr. David Winkler’s 2007 study of the U.S.