Jun 4

Thank You

Thursday, June 4, 2020 11:57 AM

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Thank you for being a faithful reader of the Naval History Blog. As of June 1, the Naval Institute will be dedicating more resources to Naval History magazine’s digital presence, and we will be sunsetting the Naval History Blog. Posts will remain available on the blog until July 1, and after that, much of the content will eventually transfer to Naval History online. In addition, we will be updating the online magazine 2–3 times a week with more of the insightful and engaging content you love, available outside of our subscriber-only firewall. For more information about the transition, or to… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 26

Lucian Adams: The Tornado From Texas

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:32 AM

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Right now, in the Naval Institute Archives, our team of archivists are working on an online database of our photographic collections. This means providing a description of every photograph we are digitizing, researching and finding as much information as possible. Through this process, we end up learning a lot about different subjects related to the Navy and the military in general. One of my favorite subjects to research about is people. I am lucky enough that this past month I’ve had the opportunity to work on many photographs of personnel, and I thought I would share the story of one… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 22

Beating 1,000-to-1 Odds

Friday, May 22, 2020 12:25 PM

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“Fantastic Feat of Suicide Plane Sank USS Drexler” was the headline of the press release the U.S. Navy sent out on 12 August 1945, three days after the second atomic bomb had been dropped on Japan and two days before that country surrendered. The USS Drexler (DD-741) had gone down more than two months earlier, on 28 May, but because of the grievous losses—158 dead and 52 wounded out of a 350-man crew—notifying the next of kin doubtlessly had taken much time. Commissioned on 14 November 1944, the Drexler had sailed from Norfolk to Trinidad and then on to the… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 19

The Life & Service of a World War 2 Mine Warfare Sailor. Part 10

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:01 AM

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When we left, my grandfather’s ship, the USS Sway (AM-120), was off the coast of San Tropez, France participating in Operation Dragoon. As the initial landings were over the ship’s main job was to keep the shipping channels open and clear of any mines dropped from German aircraft. They also patrolled for German E-boat’s (small armed patrol craft) that tried to enter the area. As noted with previous blogs all entries come from the ship’s war diary unless otherwise noted. August 22, 1944 Day’s Operations-0000-8 Patrolling from point “SS” to point “SR” Delta Assault area, Operation DRAGOON. 08-24 Anchored in Gulf… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 14

The U.S. Navy–China Bicentennial

Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:13 AM

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As today’s U.S. fleet faces the challenges of a navally ascendant China, it’s interesting to look at the relationship through the lens of history and recall that the U.S. Navy and China, they go back a ways. Back before the days of the Yangtze Patrol—back, in fact, a full 200 years ago to the day, as of Saturday, 16 May 2020. For it was on this day in 1820 that the U.S. Navy had its first-ever contact with China. American merchant ships had ventured to those shores before an American warship ever came calling. The first such to do so,… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 12

Asian/Pacific Islander American Month

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 10:57 AM

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This month is Asian American/Pacific Islander month and as we celebrate their significant contributions to the United States Navy, there are many fascinating stories of individuals who exemplify the best of us. One riveting story is that of Susan Ahn Cuddy. Mrs. Cuddy lived a long and remarkable life, and was honored by Los Angeles County as a “100 year old Korean American Pioneer and Patriot” by the declaration of “Susan Ahn Cuddy Day” on March 10th, 2015. According to the Los Angeles County website, Susan Ahn Cuddy was born in 1915 to the first married couple to immigrate from… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 7

Presidential Escort to Alaska

Thursday, May 7, 2020 12:00 AM

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VADM Bernhard H. Bieri Sr., USN (Ret.)

  VADM Bieri graduated from the Naval Academy in 1911. Between 1911 and 1919, he served in the USS Delaware (BB-28), Nashville (PG-7), Montana (ACR-13), Virginia (BB-13), and Texas (BB-35). Among his further assignments were duty as aide to Rear Admiral Augustus Fechteler; command of the USS Bailey (DD-269) and Destroyer Division 29; sonic survey of the West Coast in the USS Hull (DD-330); survey of the Alaskan cable from Seattle to Seward; various staff duties; and command of the heavy cruiser USS Chicago (CL-29). He was on the staff of Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet. After World War II, as a vice admiral, Bieri commanded the Tenth Fleet in the… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 5

Ensign Bradley and the U-853

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:01 AM

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On Friday morning, 5 May 1945, Ensign John G. Bradley Jr. and his Radioman 3rd Class, Clifford Brinson, were flying their TBM Avenger torpedo-bomber from out of Composite Squadron 15, Fentress Field, Virginia. Their assignment out of Quonset Point Naval Air Station was as an air detachment to act as targets simulating being an enemy plane for the U.S. submarines operating out of Groton, Connecticut, to train their lookouts to spot German subs. The theater of operations was south of Fish’s Island, New York, and Westerly, Rhode Island, just east of Long Island Sound. According to Bradley, they spotted the… Read the rest of this entry »