Military nursing had its origins with the Crimean and American Civil War. Serving from the “Sacred Twenty” to Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom the Navy Nurse Corps turned 100 on 13 May 2008. Established by Congress in 1908, with funds appropriated by President Theodore Roosevelt, it is a unique corps of the Department of the Navy that has evolved overtime with the Nation’s needs in war and peace. Like the U.S. Navy Medical, Dental, and Hospital Corps, the mission of the Nurse Corps is to provide care for sailors and Marines. From its original 20 female members, the Navy Nurse… Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for May, 2011
On 12 May 1846 the United States declared war on Mexico in a dispute over the boundary between Mexico and the state of Texas, a former Mexican province whose independence and subsequent annexation to the United States Mexico did not recognize. In the Mexican War, which ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo on 2 February 1848, combined American arms won for the United States the nation’s most decisive victory before the Civil War. The Navy played a major role in securing that victory. By blockading Mexico’s port cities, the Navy strangled Mexico’s maritime trade and prevented its forces from threatening… Read the rest of this entry »
Constitution’s “Trojan Horse” Of all the “forgotten wars” in the history of the United States, the undeclared Quasi-War with France (1797-1801) likely ranks at the top of the list. A sea war, the young United States put its untested, brand-new war ships into the Caribbean to protect American merchant shipping from the depredations of French privateers. USS Constitution, commanded by Captain Silas Talbot and first Lieutenant Isaac Hull, sailed for the West Indies in September, 1799. April 1800, found Talbot sailing Constitution near Puerto Plata harbor, observing the British Sandwich, now a French letter of marquee, loading. Talbot aimed to… Read the rest of this entry »
It was just after 1119 (local time) that Lieutenant (jg) Lawrence F. Steffenhagen, USNR, swung his TDB Devastator around for a shot at the Japanese light carrier Shōhō’s port side. Loosing his torpedo, he watched as it struck the enemy ship just aft of amidships—the second of five torpedoes launched by USS Lexington’s Torpedo Two that morning that on striking home sent Shōhō to the bottom. Steffenhagen, a Minnesota resident who had graduated from the University of Colorado in 1936, was awarded a Navy Cross for his heroic efforts. Almost three years later, he was awarded a Gold Star in… Read the rest of this entry »
Now Hear This – the GI Film Festival is coming to the Navy Memorial next week! The GI Film Festival, the nation’s first and only military film festival, is coming to the Navy Memorial May 9-15, 2011. We have a week full of celebrity red carpet events, dazzling parties and inspirational films by and about our servicemembers and veterans. Watch a preview here on NAVY TV – there’s also a highlight film of the 2010 Festival. Buy your tickets for the GI Film Festival here and enter code “MIL11” for a discount. See you THERE!
This post originally appeared on USNI Blog on January 30, 2009 and is reprinted today given the role the SEALS played in killing OBL. Welcome to the premiere post of Meet the Author! I am very pleased to have e-interviewed Dick Couch about his latest work, The Sheriff of Ramadi: Navy SEALs and the Winning of al-Anbar. What inspired you to write The Sheriff of Ramadi? I became interested in The Sheriff when I learned of the intensity of the fighting in Ramadi/al-Anbar, and that the SEALs were taking to the streets to fight with the Army and the Marines. This is… Read the rest of this entry »
The Navy has long been known for its ability to adapt its striking forces quickly to handle the constantly varying circumstances of combat. One such instance occurred on 1 May 1951, during the Korean War. In late April, the Communist Spring Offensive began with a thrust down the center of the Korean peninsula as part of an attempt to carry out a double envelopment of the South Korean capital of Seoul. After initially losing some territory, U.N. forces had stabilized the front at the Pukhan River on 29 April. At this point, the U.S. Eighth Army’s biggest concern was the… Read the rest of this entry »