Archive for January, 2014

Jan 31

Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., USN: Naval Officer, Trailblazer

Friday, January 31, 2014 10:38 AM


Prepared by Regina T. Akers, Ph.D., Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command    On Jan. 31, 1962, then-Lt. Cmdr. Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. took command of destroyer escort USS Falgout (DE 324) becoming the first African-American to command a U.S. Navy combatant ship. It was one of many firsts set by a man who was a trailblazer for minorities in the Navy, but was first and foremost an outstanding naval officer. Below are some quotations and factoids about this important figure in naval history.  QUOTATIONS FROM VICE ADM. GRAVELY: “Success in life is the result of several factors. My formula… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 24

John Paul Jones Comes Home

Friday, January 24, 2014 1:00 PM


It is possible that the axiom “all good things come to those who wait” could not be more applicable to any historic Navy figure than John Paul Jones, a Scotland-born Sailor who rose to fame as a captain in the Continental Navy of the United States, widely considered one of the founders of the U.S. Navy. After languishing for 113 years in a virtually unmarked grave paved over by a Paris laundry, this legendary naval leader was found, reclaimed by the U.S., and now lays in an ornate sarcophagus styled after French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. C’est la vie! Jones’ crypt… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 20

NAS Pensacola Celebrates 100 Years of Naval Training Excellence

Monday, January 20, 2014 12:59 AM


Today marks the kickoff of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. The “Cradle of Naval Aviation”is where most Navy and Marine Corps aviators, past and present,began their flight training. Tens of thousands of naval aviators have been trained there, including astronauts Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. It is the home of the world renowned Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. In October of 1913, Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels appointed a board that recommended the establishment of an aviation training station in Pensacola, making NAS Pensacola the first naval air station commissioned by the… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Michael Murphy

Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:54 PM


Lt. Michael P. Murphy — born in Smithtown, N.Y., on 7 May 1976 — grew up in the New York City commuter town of Patchogue, Long Island, N.Y. Murphy participated in sports and attended Patchogue’s Saxton Middle School. In high school, Murphy took a summer lifeguard job at the Brookhaven town beach in Lake Ronkonkoma, returning to that position each summer through his college years. Murphy graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1994. He attended Penn State University, where he excelled as an all-around athlete—especially in ice hockey—and student, graduating with honors. He read voraciously; his reading tastes ranged from… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 10

NHHC Recognizing 100 Years of Navy Photographers

Friday, January 10, 2014 3:08 PM


Lt. Walter Richardson

  By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Tim Comerford, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication Outreach Division In recognition of one man’s commitment to the Navy and photography, Naval History and Heritage Command will celebrate 100 years of naval photographers. To commemorate the centennial, NHHC is planning to share photographs to our Facebook site from each year since 1914. One hundred years have passed since the first Sailor was designated to document important Navy events around the world. Walter Leroy Richardson, who joined the Navy in 1911 as a ship’s cook, had been taking photographs for the USS Mississippi and… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 8

Jan. 8, 1815 – Battle of New Orleans

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:33 PM


  Today marks the final victory over the British that ended the War of 1812. The Battle of New Orleans was settled at Chalmette Plantation, where Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson’s troops scored a final victory for the United States. Less known, however, is the naval skirmish three weeks prior that set up Jackson’s victory. During the Battle of Lake Borgne, American Sailors and Marines, with just a few gun boats, slowed the approach of 8,000 British troops advancing toward New Orleans. Armed with the knowledge the British were coming, Jackson was able to prepare and amass his troops for the… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 3

Return of USS HOUSTON Artifacts to NHHC

Friday, January 3, 2014 11:41 AM


Last week, the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC) Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) received a trumpet and ceramic cup and saucer from World War II cruiser USS HOUSTON. The artifacts were returned to the US Naval Attaché in Canberra, Australia after their unsanctioned removal from the wreck site and made a journey of more than 10,000 miles to reach NHHC headquarters in Washington, DC. The artifacts will undergo documentation, research and conservation treatment at the UAB Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory.   USS HOUSTON, nicknamed the “Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast”, was a Northampton-class heavy cruiser that played an important role in… Read the rest of this entry »