Archive for the 'Commentary' Category

Jan 22

What is History? And Why Is It Important?

Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:12 AM

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History is a human endeavor. As such, it is complex, inherently limited, and evolving. What has counted as “history” and how “history” has been investigated have changed greatly since Herodotus. Historians and philosophers debate the purpose of history, how it should be conducted, and indeed what even counts as history. What history actually is has no clear answer, doubtless the debate on history’s essence will continue, but history certainly has a number of elements which must be present in order for an investigation of the past to be considered “history.” History deals with the past. History aims at truth. History… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jul 19

Set Sail With the USS Constitution

Friday, July 19, 2013 7:14 AM

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As I stepped across the brow onto the deck of USS Constitution the sense of history was almost overwhelming. It was on these decks that the Sailors from past ages had fought and died for the colors that were whipping in the warm breeze above my head.     It’s July 4th, and time for Old Ironsides to get underway once again as she always does on Independence Day. The maneuvering watch is set and they are preparing their charts and instruments to plot the course down the Charlestown River to Castle Island, a familiar course, but still the motions… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Dec 7

Pearl Harbor through the eyes of Tai Sing Loo

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 1:00 AM

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Tai Sing Loo was the official Navy photographer of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In this excerpt from Air Raid: Pearl Harbor edited by Paul Stillwell, Mr. Loo provided a unique account of his experiences that day. How I Were at Pearl Harbor By Tai Sing Loo On the 6th of December, Saturday afternoon, I had made arrangement with [Platoon] Sergeant [Charles R.] Christenot to have all his Guard be at the Main Gate between 8:30 to 9:30 o’clock Sunday morning to have a group of picture taken in front of the new concrete entrance… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Apr 23

A 16" AP: Direct hit on the importance of military history and it's place in the human experience

Friday, April 23, 2010 12:38 AM

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  Bon Hom Richard Sgt Dan Daly, USMC, 2nd MOH, 1915 U.S. Navy Aircraft This blog was launched a few weeks ago with the intent to provide an open enviornment to encourage discussion and more importantly, interest in Naval history and to highlight the essential role that navies have played in the human experience. Germain to this subject is the direction that studying history has taken as it has been presented, or ignored, in all levels of education, from grade school to the most prestigious institutions. A recent post on the USNI Blog by the intrepid CDR Salamander hits the this target with the precision and force of a 16\” Mark 7.  A failure of historic proportions… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Apr 1

Historical Correspondence: Arleigh Burke to Ike

Thursday, April 1, 2010 12:01 AM

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Received this example of correspondence between a couple of warriors from a friend sometime back — thought it might bring a smile. . .

 
Mar 27

Why I Joined the Navy

Saturday, March 27, 2010 7:45 PM

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USS Zeilin APA-9 Air Attack Guadalcanal By way of an introduction, I want to take the time to explain how a former member of an unnamed branch of military service came to become a guest blogger on a site devoted to naval history. Two words best describe that reason. Duty, a word coming from the 13th century Middle English word duete, meaning conduct due parents and superiors, done with the force of moral obligation; and the word Honor, as in the Biblical Commandment to one’s father and mother. These two words led me to have an unabated interest in naval history… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Mar 26

Perspectives

Friday, March 26, 2010 5:00 AM

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perspective: Function: noun Etymology: Middle French, probably modification of Old Italian prospettiva, from prospetto view, prospect, from Latin prospectus —  a : the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed <places the issues in proper perspective>; also : point of view b : the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance. For all of us who have some connection with the Navy – whether we wear the uniform, love someone in the service or just admire it from afar, history, especially naval history plays a central role in who we are. There… Read the rest of this entry »