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Jan 18

USS Carpenter (DD-825) Reunion – May 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019 1:55 PM

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USS Carpenter (DD-825)

  The USS Carpenter (DD-825) reunion will take place in San Antonio, TX from May 16th through May 20, 2019. Jimmie Kennedy is the point of contact for additional information. Please email him at [email protected] or call 714-776-4019 for information.

 
Jan 17

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV/CVA-31) to Hold 34th Annual Reunion in September 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019 2:42 PM

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"Butch O'Brien", Cocker Spaniel mascot aboard the carrier Bon Homme Richard is fitted out with his own life preserver for an "abandon ship" drill. Photograph waken on 30 November 1953.

The 34th annual reunion of the USS Bon Homme Richard Shipmates Association will be held 11-14 Sept 2019 at the Red Lion Hotel in Harrisburg, PA. For additional information please go to www.ussbhrshipmates.org or contact Jim Kosinski. Email: [email protected] or phone: 805-650-9134

 
Jan 15

USS Houston (CL-81) Plans 43rd Reunion

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:41 PM

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The USS Houston (CL-81) underway during WWII.

  The 43rd Annual Reunion of the USS Houston (CL-81) will be held September 11th – 15th, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport at 2735 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY 40209. Activities will include a riverboat ride as well as a tour of Churchill Downs. Family members of shipmates are welcome to attend. Contact John Benge (organizer) by email at [email protected] or by phone at 606-877-5151.      

 
Dec 16

Operation Desert Fox – 20 years ago – A “First” for Women

Sunday, December 16, 2018 8:00 AM

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ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE (December 17, 1998) – A Naval Fighter Pilot from Strike-Fighter Squadron Thirty-Seven (VFA-37) the "Ragin' Bulls" discusses her mission into Iraq with another member of her squadron which was launched from the deck of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65)in the opening stages of Operation Desert Fox. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tedrick E. Fryman III. (RELEASED)

Twenty years have passed since Operation Desert Fox, also known as the bombing of Iraq which took place December 16th – December 19th, 1998. The purpose of the attack was to degrade the ability of Iraq to use weapons of mass destruction. The main targets of the bombing included research and development installations, air defense systems, weapons and supply depots & the headquarters of Sadaam’s elite Republican Guard. The bombing was accomplished primarily by American and British jets and cruise missiles launched from the sea. Most of the targets were degraded or destroyed by the fourth night and the mission was declared a… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Nov 16

Scuttlebutt: Thanksgiving 1943

Friday, November 16, 2018 12:09 PM

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USS Hermitage: Scuttlebutt's Thanksgiving edition - 1943

The Naval Institute Archive was recently the recipient of a lucky find by Bill Foley of Boston who came upon some USS Hermitage (AP-54) papers left behind in an attic of a house that a friend of his purchased. Among those papers was a stack of “Scuttlebutt” newspapers, which kept the crew up to date on news around the world and included lighter pieces that were presented in an entertaining way. “Scutttlebutt” was published daily, and I’m sure it was appreciated much as our modern day sailors enjoy digital content to connect them to the world beyond their ship at sea.

 
Oct 11

Pea Island Lifesaving Crew’s Daring Rescue – 11 October 1896

Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:01 AM

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Emblem of the United States Life Saving Service

The schooner E.S. Newman ran aground about two miles south of the Pea Island, North Carolina, life-saving station after losing it’s sails and drifting about 100 miles during a hurricane on October 11, 1896. Under the command of Keeper, Richard Etheridge, the crew of the station hitched mules to a beach cart and rushed towards the ship where the captain and eight others were clinging to the wreck.   A Lyle’s gun could not deploy a line to the victims so Etheridge ordered two surfmen to tie themselves together and swim through the heavy seas toward the wreck while carrying another line… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Aug 24

Historic Site: Harbor View Memorial Park

Friday, August 24, 2018 2:46 PM

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USS Tennessee Memorial, Harbor View Memorial Park, San Pedro, CA

While we recall the wreck of the USS Memphis (ACR-10) which occurred on August 29, 1916 killing 43 crew members, let’s remember a lesser known tragedy that occurred aboard the ship when she was known by her original name, Tennessee.   Inscription: George Wood (-1908) Watertender U.S. A Reinhold (-1908) M.M. 2.C. S. W. Meek (-1908) F. 1.C. E. C. Boccs (-1908)F. 2.C. F. S. Maxfield (-1908)F. 2.C. J. P. A. Carroll (-1908)F. 2.C. E. J. Burns (-1908) C.P. Died Heroically at Their Stations, In Line of Duty, USS Tennessee (ACR-10), June, 1908, Erected by Shipmates

 
Jun 22

First SOSUS signal at Cape Hatteras – June 1962

Friday, June 22, 2018 3:21 PM

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A view of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse from the beach. (National Park Service)

I started to feel a little nostalgic when I found out that the first SOSUS signal of a Soviet diesel submarine was detected by the Cape Hatteras Naval Facility (NAVFAC) on June 26, 1962. Like many other women naval officers who launched their careers in the Cold War era, SOSUS was one of the few real ‘operational’ billets available to us, so we requested and got orders to the ‘Naval Facilities’ to begin our careers as watch officers for what was a secret but highly successful cold war antisubmarine warfare asset at the time. Our job was to monitor, detect, hold… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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