Archive for November, 2012

Nov 27

Richard McKenna on the Impact of Defense Drawdowns on Naval Careers

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:17 PM


By A. Denis Clift* EDITOR’S NOTE: At the end of two long wars and a time of defense drawdowns, there is a need to guard against the damage that could be caused by a hollow force. Richard McKenna’s words from the past are worthy of reflection. Fourteen years before reaching fame as the author of the highly acclaimed novel and subsequent Hollywood hit The Sand Pebbles, Chief Machinist’s Mate Richard McKenna, USN, won the Naval Institute’s Enlisted Prize Essay, 1948, writing on “The Post-War Chief Petty Officer: A Closer Look.” McKenna was born in 1913, grew up in rural Idaho,… Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 10

November 10, 1775: The Birth of the Marine Corps

Saturday, November 10, 2012 1:00 AM


The following article by Major General John A. Lejeune, United States Marine Corps, was originally published inProceedings magazine in October 1925 . THE TENTH day of November of this year will mark one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the United States Marine Corps, since on November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the raising of two battalions of marines for the defense of the colonies which were then to protect their rights, as they saw them, against the aggressions of the mother country. The men recruited for this force were to be familiar life of the sea, but… Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 8

Operation Torch: November 8-11, 1942

Thursday, November 8, 2012 1:00 AM


  “IN ORDER to forestall an invasion of Africa by Germany and Italy, which, if successful, would constitute a direct threat to America across the comparatively narrow sea from western Africa, a powerful American force equipped with adequate weapons of modern warfare and under American command is today landing on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of the French colonies in Africa. “The landing of this American army is being assisted by the British Navy and Air Forces, and it will in the immediate future be reinforced by a considerable number of divisions of the British Army. “This combined Allied force,… Read the rest of this entry »