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Jun 14

USS Cyclops – The Deadliest Unsolved Mystery in the Navy

Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:01 AM


One hundred years later, the mystery of the USS Cyclops (AC-4), the greatest noncombat loss of life the Navy ever experienced, remains unsolved. What happened to her? Where did she go? The USS Cyclops was built in Philadelphia; she was 54o feet long and 65 feet wide. The ship was a Proteus-class collier and could carry 12,500 tons of coal while making 15 knots with her twin screws. When the United States declared war on Germany and its allies in April 1917, support ships such as the Cyclops fell under the command of the Navy. The administrative change greatly affected the… Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 11

Nursing to Combat: The Ever Expanding Role of Women

Monday, June 11, 2018 12:01 AM


Throughout history, women have had an impact on the Navy and Marine Corps. At the outset, they served as dedicated wives, managing the household and raising children while their husbands served. As time went on, their roles grew. Here’s a look at the progression of official responsibilities women have undertaken in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. 1908- Congress passed the Naval Appropriations Bill, which established the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. The first women to become official members of the U.S. Navy were known as the “Sacred Twenty.” These women paid their own travel expenses to come to Washington, D.C., to… Read the rest of this entry »