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Oct 16

Around the World With the Great White Fleet

Saturday, October 16, 2010 12:01 AM

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Over at Government Book Talk Blog, there is a nice review of one of our books: Around the World With the Great White Fleet.  Government Book Talk writes, “…This handsome volume, subtitled “Honoring 100 Years of Global Partnerships and Security” commemorates the centennial of the voyage of Teddy Roosevelt’s U.S. Great White Fleet around the world. I was a bit chagrined to learn, despite my having read a book about U.S. sea power a couple of years ago, that the ostensible cause of the cruise was a war scare with Japan that died down almost immediately – that had totally… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Sep 3

Some New Titles from the the Navy Department Library

Friday, September 3, 2010 12:01 AM

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Interested in reading any of these books? Come visit the Navy Department Library at the Washington Navy Yard.  America in Vietnam : the war that couldn’t be won / by Herbert Y. Schandler America’s captives : treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror / by Paul J. Springer The blocking of Zeebrugge : Operation Z.O. 1918 / by Stephen Prince Blood on the snow : the Carpathian winter war of 1915 / by Graydon A. Tunstall British aircraft carriers 1939-45 / by Angus Konstam ; illustrated by Tony Bryan The Cambridge companion to the Roman historians… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 28

Remembering Operation Red Wings

Monday, June 28, 2010 12:35 PM

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From Seal of Honor: “On 28 June 2005, Navy Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy led a four man special reconnaissance SEAL team consisting of Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician 2nd Class Matthew Axelson and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell to locate Ahmad Shah, a notorious Taliban leader in the remote Hindu Kush Mountains of eastern Afghanistan. After an initial infiltration to begin Operation Red Wings, local goat herders stumbled upon the team’s hiding place. Unable to verify any hostile intent from the herders, Murphy ordered them released. Shortly after the herders left, the team was surrounded by… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 25

The United States Navy and the Korean War by Dr. Edward J. Marolda

Friday, June 25, 2010 12:05 AM

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60 years ago today, North Korea invaded South Korea. Our very own Dr. Edward J. Marolda, author of The United States Navy and the Korean War, discusses on Naval History Blog the U.S. Navy’s role in the Korean War: What inspired you to first produce booklets commemorating the Korean War and then later compiling them into The U.S. Navy and the Korean War? One of my primary objectives during my time at Naval Historical Center (now Naval History and Heritage Command) was to stimulate interest in the vital history of the U.S. Navy in the Cold War era. As head of the Contemporary… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 2

New Additions to the Navy Department Library

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 10:04 AM

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Last week 230 volumes of nautical accident investigation reports from the National Transportation Safety Board were donated to the Navy Department Library. These reports detail the incidents and investigations into marine accidents for the period 1979-2006. Several of the reports focus on accidents involving US Navy vessels and other vessels. These reports detail such incidents as the sinking of small passenger vessels to groundings of large transport ships, to include the May 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez. The in-depth reports cover crew information, meteorological information, rescue efforts, and the testing and research done to investigate the incidents. These reports… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 26

Yearbooks

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:10 AM

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This week marks graduation for the Class of 2010 across the nation. High school students may be graduating and heading off to enlist in the Navy, and Naval Academy Midshipmen and NROTC students are soon ready to begin their careers as Navy officers. As part of our incredible collection the Navy Department Library contains some of the books that mark these momentous occasions.   Lucky Bags are an incredible resource from the Naval Academy and our collection dates from 1849 to 2001. We also have NROTC year books from universities and colleges such as Notre Dame, Marquette University, and the University… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 19

Stories of the Past

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:59 AM

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 Last week the Naval History and Heritage Command was host to the 2010 National Historical Conference and Naval History Workshop. This conference brought together those working to preserve and share naval history, allowing talk about how historians, museums, and libraries and archives are getting the job done and to learn from each other. One of the sessions focused on libraries and archives, highlighting the amazing naval history collections that are available.  Staff members from the Library of the Marine Corps, Archives and Special Collections; the library at the National Naval Aviation Museum; and the Operational Archives of NHHC shared with… Read the rest of this entry »

 
May 5

This is Ann

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 1:00 PM

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There is no doubt that we have some very unusual and unique items in our 150,000 item collection. Some are on display in our Rare Book Room, but others like this little book are tucked away safely on shelves waiting to be found. This particular item was found on a completely unrelated search last week.  We had a question regarding whether or not a particular anchor could have come from a “Mosquito Boat” from the World War II era. After exhausting our anchor resources, including line drawings of anchors we decided to try searching for mosquito boats in our catalog…. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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