VADM William “Bill” Porter Lawrence, USN, one of the leading aviation officers during the Cold War and a loving father and husband, is well thought of and admired by many. This Nashville native graduated eighth of 725 from the US Naval Academy in 1951 and served as class president and brigade commander, the highest rank a midshipman can obtain. He and classmate Ross Perot helped draft the academy’s Code of Honor. After earning his wings a year later, he flew with several fighter squadrons and became the first naval aviator to fly twice the speed of sound (1,300 miles per… Read the rest of this entry »
June 3-6, 1942 Battle of Midway The concluding words of the entry in the CinCPac Command Summary for 3 June were prophetic: “The whole course of the war in the Pacific may hinge on the developments of the next two or three days”. In July 1976, Proceedings published an adapted excerpt from the biography, Nimitz, by E. B. Potter. The article, a detailed account of the battle and Nimitz’s leadership, highlighted the various elments that contributed to the American victory: It is now generally known that the American victory over potentially overwhelming odds in the Battle of Midway (3-6 June 1942)… Read the rest of this entry »
In a digital video oral history, D-Day survivor Peter Fantacone recalls his experience on Omaha Beach as a crewmember on USS LCI-492. This June 6 marks the 67th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Watch Mr. Fantacone’s personal account here on NavyTV.
May, 31 1900 Sailors and Marines from USS Newark and USS Oregon arrive at Peking (Beijing), China with other Sailors and Marines from Britain, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Italy and Japan to protect U.S. and foreign diplomatic legations from the Boxers. The Boxers, or Righteous Harmony Society, was a proto-nationalist movement that rose up in China between 1898 and 1901, opposing Western imperialism and Christianity. The following is an excerpt from the article Experiences during the Boxer Rebellion by Captain J.K. Taussig USN published in Proceedings April, 1927. The Boxers, it should be understood, were a patriotic organization formed for… Read the rest of this entry »
” ….may the inspiring memorial reign long and peacefully, honoring the ‘heroes that fell before Tripoli’ during that early but very important period of American and naval history” The Tripoli Monument by DodyW. Smith: For 112 years, the Tripoli Monument has stood on the grounds of the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, but its unique and tumultuous history began long before 1860. Originally erected at the Washington Navy Yard in 1808, it was the Federal capital’s first monument and for a period of 35 years the only monument in the District of Columbia. It witnessed and weathered the War… Read the rest of this entry »
The Navy Memorial hosted an all-day symposium on April 23: the “Civil War at Sea.” Historians, curators, Civil War reenactors, archaeologists and authors convened to discuss the Confederate and Union navies’ contributions to the War. Watch the keynote address by Craig Symonds, renowned Civil War navies’ historian and author here on NavyTV.
May, 18th 1775 Benedict Arnold captures a British Sloop and renames her Enterprise, the first of many ships with this name.
In recent years, the abductions abroad of Americans or nationals of other countries by revolutionary groups, pirates, or bandits for reasons of politics, terror, or simple ransom has challenged the ability of governments to respond in a rapid and effective manner. President Theodore Roosevelt faced such a situation on May 18, 1904 when in Tangier, Morocco, a bandit named Raisuli kidnapped a U.S. citizen, Mr. Ion Perdicaris, and his stepson, and held them for ransom in a pale repetition of the days of the Barbary pirates. In a larger context, the inability of the Sultan of Morocco to deal with… Read the rest of this entry »