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Aug 15

99 Years Old: The Panama Canal

Thursday, August 15, 2013 2:00 AM


THE PANAM A CANAL OPENING.-With the successful passing of the Panama Railroad steamship Ancon through the canal on 15 August 1914, in nine and a half hours, the big man-made waterway, one of the wonders of the age, was officially opened to the commerce of the world, and is now ready for the use of all vessels drawing not to exceed 30 feet.-Army and Navy Journal. THE PANAMA CANAL’S NAVAL SIGNIFICANCE.-So much have the commercial values and aspects of the Panama Canal absorbed the interest of Americans that it may seem to many of them its opening for business in… Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Congress Allows Arming of Merchant Ships

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 12:01 AM


Prior to the official U.S. entry into the Second World War, American merchant ships carried needed supplies that supported the Allies in their desperate struggle against the Axis powers. Although German aircraft and submarines attacked American merchant ships when they entered war zones, the U.S. Neutrality Act of 1936 prevented them from being armed, even for self defense. Pressure began to build for a change, and many sought to resurrect the idea of the Armed Guard Service, used during the First World War. Congress amended the Neutrality Act on 17 November 1941, barely three weeks before Pearl Harbor, to allow… Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 27

Lt.(j.g.) Kenneth M. Willett, D-V(G), USNR: Extraordinary Heroism and Conspicuous Courage

Monday, September 27, 2010 12:01 AM


Lieutenant (j.g.) Kenneth Martin Willett, D-V(G), had been born in Overland, Missouri, on 9 April 1919. He had attended Sacramento Junior College, majoring in Business and Geology, and had enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 9 July 1940. Accepting an appointment as Midshipman, USNR, on 10 August, and Ensign, D-V(G), on 14 November, he received instruction on board the miscellaneous auxiliary (ex-battleship) Illinois, being detached on the same day to report his first ship, the battleship California (BB-44), reporting on board on 1 December 1940. Detached on 24 November 1941, Willett left Honolulu on board the liner Lurline on… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Meet WW II Merchant Marine Radio Officer Don Berger

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 7:48 AM


Naval History Blog recently caught up with Don Berger who joined the U.S. Merchant Marines in World War II when he was 16 1/2 and became a radio officer the following year. In addition to his service in WW II, Don served in Korea, Vietnam, and Gulf War I. Today, Don is volunteer aboard the SS American Victory in Tampa, FL – one of few WW II Victory ships available for tours and cruises. микрозаймы how to get fast payday loan online payday loans online no credit check instant approval no faxing payday loan bad credit payday loans get a… Read the rest of this entry »