Archive for August, 2014

Aug 29

Paying Respects to USS Houston (CA 30) Crew and the Navy Family

Friday, August 29, 2014 2:24 PM

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WASHINGTON (Aug. 29, 2014) Vice Adm. Scott Swift, Director of the Navy Staff, poses for a photo during a meeting with family members of the USS Houston Survivors Association. Pictured are, from left to right: -Dr. Jay Thomas
- Mr. Joel Earl Snyder, Ms. Davidson’s father; the son of a Houston survivor
- Ms. Stacey Davidson, an Military Sealift Command employee who is a
Houston survivor’s granddaughter
- Vice Adm. Swift
- Ms. Sue Kruetzer, President, USS Houston CA-30 Survivors Association
and Next Generations
- Mr. John Schwarz, Executive Director, USS Houston CA-30 Survivors
Association and Next Generations
- Dr. Alexis Catsambis(U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Gabrielle Blake)

By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Officers of the USS Houston CA 30 Survivors Association and Next Generations, and descendants of the crew from the World War II cruiser USS HOUSTON (CA 30) spent the day with naval leadership at the Pentagon and the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC). The Houston went down fighting during the Battle of Sunda Strait on March 1, 1942, with approximately 700 Sailors and Marines on board. The visitors were: – John Schwarz, Executive Director, USS Houston CA 30 Survivors Association and Next Generations – Sue Kreutzer, President, USS Houston… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 29

#PeopleMatter – Claud A. Jones lived our Navy’s core values and became a hero

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:12 AM

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For a West Virginia guy, Rear Adm. Claud A. Jones sure spent a lot of time on ships named Tennessee or for a city in the Volunteer state. Jones served as the engineer officer for the battleship Tennessee, and before that, spent a year onboard the armored cruiser Tennessee before she was renamed Memphis. It was that ship that would make a lasting impression on Jones, and earn him a Medal of Honor 98 years ago today. Born in Fire Creek, W. Va., on Dec. 7, 1884, Jones was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1903 and graduated in… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 23

#PeopleMatter: As Others Ran, Sailors and Marines Make a Stand at Bladensburg

Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00 AM

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  By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Comerford, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division When British Army Maj. Gen. Robert Ross marched through American defenses toward Washington, D.C., he certainly didn’t expect the battle’s last stand to come from Sailors and Marines. But as his Army finally overpowered that small contingent of 400 flotilla men 200 years ago during the Battle of Bladensburg, it was no surprise to Ross he would find the valiant defenders under the command of a Sailor, Commodore Joshua Barney. The British went on to burn government buildings of the nation’s capital later… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 22

You Are There: Burning of the Washington Navy Yard

Friday, August 22, 2014 12:05 PM

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By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communications and Outreach Division It was bad enough the men of the Washington Navy Yard were ordered to set fire to the compound as the British broke through American army lines into Washington, D.C.  But what likely burned the backside of the Yard’s commander, Commodore Thomas Tingey, even more was the discovery upon his return Aug. 26 that his house on the compound (known then as Quarters A, and known today as Tingey House, home of the Chief of Naval Operations) had been thoroughly looted and stripped of all hardware as well as doors… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 22

War of 1812 Exhibit ‘Defeat to Victory’ Opens for Family Day at Washington Navy Yard

Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 AM

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By the National Museum of the United States Navy, Naval History and Heritage Command Please join us at the Washington Navy Yard from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 for a Family Day when we commemorate two of the most important events of the War of 1812: the Battle of Bladensburg and the burning of the Washington Navy Yard. To commemorate these events, the National Museum of the United States Navy will open the new exhibit “Defeat to Victory: 1814-1815” and holding a number of events. From noon to 4 p.m., families can enjoy craft activities including making model ships,… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 21

#PeopleMatter: Naval Aviator Earns First #MOH for Rescue of Downed Pilot

Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 AM

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By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communications and Outreach Division  A mission of dropping propaganda pamphlets might sound pretty tame these days. But in 1918, just months after the U.S. joined most of Europe in fighting the Germans, Austria-Hungarians, Ottoman Empire and Bavaria, it was a vital and often dangerous effort to turn the citizens against their oppressors. And in Austria, those caught dropping such leaflets were executed. And so it was, 96 years ago today, a leaflet-dropping mission began with five fighters and two bombers – all Americans pilots – flying Italian planes from Porto Corsini, Italy to Pola,… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 20

#PeopleMatter: Naval Observatory Residence Honors Fleet Admiral Leahy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:36 PM

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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood What used to be known as “Quarters BB” at the Old Naval Observatory was recently renamed “Leahy House” in honor of Fleet Adm. William D. Leahy, who served during the Spanish-American War through to the Cold War. But why Leahy? The home’s current resident, Vice Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes Leahy does not share as prominent a place in history’s spotlight as some of his contemporaries. “When you ask people to name all the five-star naval officers, they get [Chester] Nimitz, they… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 19

USS Constitution: Presence Then, Presence Now

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 5:13 PM

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By Cmdr. Sean Kearns 73rd Commanding Officer USS Constitution The Chief of Naval Operations’ Guiding Principles (Warfighting First, Operate Forward, Be Ready) were as important and applicable to the early chapters of our Navy’s history as they are today. In the months leading up to our declaration of war against Great Britain, Captain Isaac Hull personally witnessed the rising tension between our Navy and the Royal Navy. As he departed Cherbourg to bring USS Constitution home in January 1812, he was hailed by British ships in the Mediterranean Sea. Upon reaching Washington, D.C., Captain Hull’s suspicions that our country was… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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