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Jun 5

Lafayette’s Dedication to Pursuit of Liberty Pays Off for U.S.

Friday, June 5, 2015 7:27 AM


  Editor’s Note: As the French tall ship replica L’Hermione makes her way up the East Coast to celebrate the relationship between France and the United States for more than two centuries, a series of blogs will discuss four topics: the Marquis de Lafayette; the ship that brought him to America the second time in 1780, L’Hermione; the critical Battle of the Virginia Capes on Sept. 5, 1781, and the Franco-American relationship as it has grown over the past years.  From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Intrigue and danger. Adventure and adversity. Disguises and deception. An escape… Read the rest of this entry »

May 27

Year of the Military Diver: MDSU to Continue Raising CSS Georgia

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:19 PM


May 28 Lecture Highlights Tough Working Conditions on Ironclad Wreck From the Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division The South will rise again – just one piece at a time – as U.S. Navy divers from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU-2) work to free parts of the Confederate ironclad Georgia from the murky, muddy waters of the Savannah River channel. The Navy divers will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) June 1-July 20 as part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, which will deepen the channel from 42 to 47 feet. Part of that… Read the rest of this entry »

May 26

Navy Doctor Becomes First Physician in Space

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:08 PM


It’s a lot of fun to do something first. But I must say that space flight is so impressive an experience, that it’s worth doing whether you are the first or not. ~Capt. Joseph Kerwin, MC, USN By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian Since the first American manned-space flight in 1961, 85 US Navy officers[1] have charted the frontiers of space and scientific research as astronauts. Of this impressive corps of interstellar pioneers only one has the distinction of the being the first American physician in space,[2] Capt. Joseph Peter Kerwin, Medical Corps, USN. This past Memorial Day, marked the… Read the rest of this entry »

May 4

150th Commemoration of Lincoln’s Funeral Brings to Life His Legacy for Bluejacket Sailor

Monday, May 4, 2015 5:26 PM


By Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice Lucero English, USS Abraham Lincoln This weekend, I was provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the Navy and my ship in Springfield, Ill., the “Land of Lincoln” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Attending was an honor to me professionally and personally — I couldn’t be more grateful. The events throughout the weekend allowed me to broaden my perspective and appreciation for the importance of American history and how it applies to our lives daily. I was given a front-row seat to history… Read the rest of this entry »

May 3

Navy Ships Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

Sunday, May 3, 2015 9:09 AM


From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division It’s May, the month of flowers, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day and graduations – both high school and college. It’s also among the more popular months for commissioning ceremonies. This is the first in a series of blogs featuring currently-serving Navy ships celebrating significant milestones in their careers: 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years. They range from a supercarrier to oilers, and all are making history today by performing their missions at home and abroad.    40 YEARS When USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was commissioned May 3, 1975, at… Read the rest of this entry »

May 1

Navy’s First Blind Flight

Friday, May 1, 2015 3:25 PM


By Hill Goodspeed, Historian, National Naval Aviation Museum On May 1, 1934, Lt. Frank Akers climbed into the rear seat of an OJ-2 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Anacostia in Washington D.C. and taxied out onto the runway. For naval aviators of the era, flights in open-cockpit aircraft like the OJ-2 made them one with the elements, from views of the sky and clouds to the slipstream whipping by their heads. However, on this day, Akers sealed himself off from the outside, pulling a hood over the cockpit for a short flight to College Park, Md. In the darkened confines… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 26

The Evolution of the Good Conduct Medal

Sunday, April 26, 2015 8:15 AM


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood, Communication and Outreach Division, Naval History and Heritage Command Second only to the Navy Medal of Honor, the Good Conduct Medal is the oldest award the Navy has continuously presented to deserving Sailors. But it has undergone significant changes since it was first established on this day (April 26) in 1869. Before it became a medal, it was called a badge, and before that, it was an administrative statement that served as proof of capability to work and serve at sea, and discharged a Sailor from service. Prior to the Civil War,… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 25

Farragut’s Fleet Takes New Orleans after Dash Upriver

Saturday, April 25, 2015 8:00 AM


From the Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division When you read about Vice Adm. David G. Farragut, it is most likely in terms of his being lashed to the mast of USS Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1865. It was during this Civil War naval battle the legendary leader was credited with saying: “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” This blog, however, isn’t about the sound bite that made Farragut famous. This is how Farragut’s leadership and tediously detailed planning and reconnaissance resulted in one of the great Union naval victories of the Civil… Read the rest of this entry »

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