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May 30

The Story He Never Told

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:01 AM

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The year following my grandfather’s death in 1975, I found myself in a mystifying place: the NAS Patuxent River airfield dedication in his honor. The ceremony touched on highlights from Vice Admiral Frederick “Trap” Trapnell’s long career in naval aviation, which, even to my untrained ear, sounded consequential: getting the Hellcat into WWII, salvaging the development of the Corsair, first Navy pilot to fly a jet, guiding the Navy through the complex transition to jets, establishing the Test Pilot School at PAX River. Why else would they name the airfield after him? Yet, standing there on the rain-soaked tarmac of… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Dec 9

Midwatch in Surigao Strait

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 12:01 AM

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On the night of 24–25 October 1944, Torpedoman’s Mate Third Class Roy West and the other men manning a torpedo mount on the destroyer USS McDERMUT (DD-677) did not know the details of the battle plan, but they did know that a large Japanese force was coming north through Surigao Strait directly toward them. The lifejackets and helmets that always seemed a burdensome nuisance during drills now brought a mixed sense of foreboding and comfort as the minutes ticked slowly by. Sometime after 0200 a quick look at the gyro repeater confirmed that the ship had turned south. West heard… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Sep 2

Japanese Surrender in Color

Friday, September 2, 2011 12:30 AM

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This color film of the Japanese Surrender was taken on 2 September 1945 by Commander George F. Kosco, USN. In 2010, the Kosco family restored the film and kindly presented the NHHC with a copy of the film. Original film is silent. займ на карту онлайн get a next business day payday loan

 
Jun 19

Battle of the Philippine Sea

Sunday, June 19, 2011 5:42 PM

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While June 1944, is most remembered for the events that happened in Normandy, the month also marked the launching of another pivotal D-Day in the Mariana Islands, the inner ring of the island strongholds defending Japan. As expected, the Imperial Japanese Navy contested the invasion of the Marianas, confronting the U.S. Navy in what became known as the Battle of the Philippine Sea on June 19-20, 1944. The first day included massive air attacks against U.S. Navy carriers, during which the Japanese lost scores of planes to defending F6F Hellcat fighters, prompting one aviator to liken the air-to-air combat to… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jan 10

Battle of Attu: Task Force 51

Monday, January 10, 2011 12:01 AM

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In June 1942, the island of Attu in the Aleutian Islands was captured by the Japanese. The island was retaken by American forces in May 1943. This silent film contains footage of the ships of Task Force 51 en route to Attu in 1943 in support of the American invasion. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UM-23. взять деньги в долг на карту Online Cash Advance Loan

 
Sep 2

Thank you Greatest Generation!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010 8:34 AM

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