May 4

150th Commemoration of Lincoln’s Funeral Brings to Life His Legacy for Bluejacket Sailor

Monday, May 4, 2015 5:26 PM


By Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice Lucero English, USS Abraham Lincoln This weekend, I was provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the Navy and my ship in Springfield, Ill., the “Land of Lincoln” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Attending was an honor to me professionally and personally — I couldn’t be more grateful. The events throughout the weekend allowed me to broaden my perspective and appreciation for the importance of American history and how it applies to our lives daily. I was given a front-row seat to history… Read the rest of this entry »

May 3

Navy Ships Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

Sunday, May 3, 2015 9:09 AM


From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division It’s May, the month of flowers, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day and graduations – both high school and college. It’s also among the more popular months for commissioning ceremonies. This is the first in a series of blogs featuring currently-serving Navy ships celebrating significant milestones in their careers: 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years. They range from a supercarrier to oilers, and all are making history today by performing their missions at home and abroad.    40 YEARS When USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was commissioned May 3, 1975, at… Read the rest of this entry »

May 1

Navy’s First Blind Flight

Friday, May 1, 2015 3:25 PM


By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum On May 1, 1934, Lt. Frank Akers climbed into the rear seat of an OJ-2 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Anacostia in Washington D.C. and taxied out onto the runway. For naval aviators of the era, flights in open-cockpit aircraft like the OJ-2 made them one with the elements, from views of the sky and clouds to the slipstream whipping by their heads. However, on this day, Akers sealed himself off from the outside, pulling a hood over the cockpit for a short flight to College Park, Md. In the darkened confines… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 26

The Evolution of the Good Conduct Medal

Sunday, April 26, 2015 8:15 AM


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood, Communication and Outreach Division, Naval History and Heritage Command Second only to the Navy Medal of Honor, the Good Conduct Medal is the oldest award the Navy has continuously presented to deserving Sailors. But it has undergone significant changes since it was first established on this day (April 26) in 1869. Before it became a medal, it was called a badge, and before that, it was an administrative statement that served as proof of capability to work and serve at sea, and discharged a Sailor from service. Prior to the Civil War,… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 25

Farragut’s Fleet Takes New Orleans after Dash Upriver

Saturday, April 25, 2015 8:00 AM


From the Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division When you read about Vice Adm. David G. Farragut, it is most likely in terms of his being lashed to the mast of USS Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1865. It was during this Civil War naval battle the legendary leader was credited with saying: “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” This blog, however, isn’t about the sound bite that made Farragut famous. This is how Farragut’s leadership and tediously detailed planning and reconnaissance resulted in one of the great Union naval victories of the Civil… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 24

John Paul Jones Comes Home to the U.S. Naval Academy

Friday, April 24, 2015 8:00 AM


From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Legendary Continental Navy Capt. John Paul Jones was famous for his retort, “I have not yet begun to fight,” upon being asked to surrender his sinking and burning Bonhomme Richard to HMS Serapis. At the end of the fight, it was Jones who was victorious. Jones struggled to find relevancy following the end of the American Revolution, with a less-than-stellar stint as an admiral in the Russian Imperial Navy. He begged the United States to give him an appointment, but that young republic had disbanded its navy. When he died… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 21

After WWII Ends, Some Japanese Soldiers Carry On the Fight

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 8:00 AM


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command When do you think the Second World War ended? One might say Aug. 9, 1945, after the US dropped the second atomic bomb. The war had been decided after that. Another commonly said day would be a few days later on Aug. 15, when Japan announced they would no longer fight and would formally surrender. A third date might be Sept. 2, when representatives of the Empire of Japan officially signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender aboard USS Missouri (BB 63) in Tokyo Bay. Whatever the date,… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

El caso Baltimore y el incidente Water Witch: dos casos de los EE.UU. en América Sur

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:40 AM


Los Estados Unidos (EE.UU.) tienen una historia muy extensa de intervención en América latina. Durante el siglo XX, los EE.UU. envió infantes de marina entre muchos países, en una época conocida como las guerras banana. Antes de estas incursiones, los EE.UU. luchó contra España y le quitó el imperio español de América latina después de casi cuatrocientos años. Usualmente, los historiadores miran la guerra español-americana como el punto donde los EE.UU. empezó ser un poder mundial y una nación imperialista. Pero, algunos historiadores apuntan a otros eventos como el punto donde los EE.UU. empezó a mirar su mismo como poder… Read the rest of this entry »