United States Navy

The U-Boat Blitzkrieg On America.

April 2, 2014

            One of the oddest things about World War II is the history that we have all forgotten. Perhaps forgotten is the wrong way to think about it. The story of the war Is incomplete and what’s fascinating to historians is the fact that the shibboleths of the story of […]

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More Great Statistics Found On Line. Here, US Aircraft Losses In Korea.

March 14, 2014

  I love this new website http://www.alternatewars.com where they list some great military statistics. Below, click to enlarge and we see aircraft losses in the Korean War.   . Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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How The Navy Spelled Out Messages Before Phones. Click To Enlarge

February 28, 2014
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      Current English Speaking Semaphore Flags . . Naval Signal Flags Changed A Bit In The 19th Century. . . Hand Flag Signals. . sources: Wiki . Save Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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Associated Press Photos Of Attack On Pearl Harbor. Click To Enlarge.

February 14, 2014

  These are riveting and demonstrate the destructive power of a successful bombing run. Many of these photos ran in newspapers across the county and in fact across thew world.   In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, the destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl […]

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Timeline Of The War In The Pacific, First Year.

January 25, 2014

    USS Bunker Hill Hit By Kamikazes.   There is a lesson here. The Japan fought extremely well at the exact same time that they were biting off more than they could chew. The inevitability of the win for the US became more apparent the closer US troops island hopped towards Japan. This first […]

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US World War II Commemorative Postage Stamps

January 8, 2014

     Not enough that this was captured in film. The planting of the flag at Iwo Jima.   ..   Dr. Sun Yat Sen and Ab Lincoln are compared in this stamp that salutes Chinese resistance to Japanese occupation.  .     . 90 mm anti aircraft gun is the subject of this stamp. […]

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Mobile Landing Platforms.

December 4, 2013

. . Sometimes in battle, what is called for is a table. Something to put things on and keep them there, ready to be picked up and used again. The Navy has learned long ago that for disaster preparedness, the Navy often needs a place to land a helicopter, or a put wounded people, or […]

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“I Don’t Know What You Been Told” – Military Cadence Songs

December 2, 2013

  It is the phenomenon of working songs that gave birth to military cadence songs. The call out and respond structure keeps a leader a band of people together in real time. Perhaps the comedy of the sings or the fact that they are sung together that bonds people. Perhaps they bond no one. They […]

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Submarines. By Fits And Starts.

October 6, 2013

        The CSS Hunley was the first submarine to sink another ship. In accomplishing this mission, it also sank itself, for the fourth time, and this time all hands perished. The Confederates were charging ahead with the designs of newer more sophisticated submersibles. Two New Orleans businessmen, J. K. Scott and R. […]

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The Sinking Of The USS Indianapolis. For Four Days And Nights, 800 Men Floated In The Ocean, Exposed, Starved, Drowned, Dehydrated, While Sharks Killed Them Off One At A Time.

July 31, 2013
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        The USS Indianapolis was a Portland Class US Navy Cruiser launched in 1931. It was the flagship for Admiral William Spruance as the Navy fought the Japanese across the Pacific. On July 26th, 1945, the USS Indianapolis delivered enriched uranium meant to go into the Atomic bomb to Tinian Island. There […]

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Was Tarawa Worth It?

April 7, 2013

  On maps, war makes sense. It’s hard to see the decision making process that produced killing fields from the killing fields themselves. Maps are mostly bloodless affairs that give one a general idea of where attacks are supposed to occur. It’s easy to see why the US had to build airfields starting at Tarawa […]

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The Gyrodyne QH 50.

January 14, 2013

              Gyrodyne received an invitation to participate in a requisition competitition to produce a single seat “personal” helicopter and observation platform.   These machines were fairly simple, coaxial rotor layout, 40 hp Nelson H-59 engine and variants were powered by a 60hp Porsche. Wireless controls worked well enough back […]

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We Had No Idea How Hard The Japanese Would Fought Until Guadalcanal. Then Again, They Didn’t Know How Hard We Would Fight Either.

January 3, 2013

  Once the smaller islands were in US hands, the Marines moved. At 0910 hours the Ist and 3rd Batteries of 5th Marines took Beach Red. The landing was unopposed. 3rd battery of the 1st Marines took Mount Austin to the southwest. The going was slow. The thickly wooded island was almost impenetrable to anyone, […]

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Vintage Navy Recruitment Posters

November 5, 2012

              Sources: Google Images, us.nav.mil     Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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United States Navy Recruitment Posters, Some With A Bend Towards Diversity

November 3, 2012

            Sources: Google Images, us.navy.mil/photos     Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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Before He Was In McHale’s Navy, He Was In The Real Navy. Chief Petty Officer Ernest Borgnine Passes.

July 8, 2012

  Ernest Borgnine, (January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) a graduate of James Hillhouse High School in New Haven Connecticutt, 18  year old Ernest Borgnine joined the United States Navy six years before Pearl Harbor. He served as a Gunners Mate 1st class aboard the destroyer USS Lamberton (DD-119). Borgnine was awarded the American Defense […]

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USS Iowa Decommissioned.

June 2, 2012

      She had nine 16 inch guns, twenty 5 inch guns, eighty 40mm anti aircraft batteries, forty-nine 20 mm cannons. She was 45,000 displaced tons, 887 feet long, 108 feet wide, and carried 2637 crew and 151 officers. She was the lead vessel of her kind and the only Iowa class battleship ever […]

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Color Coded Shirts Distinguish Aircraft Carrier Personnel Roles.

May 16, 2011

Everybody on an aircraft carrier deck has a role. Because it is a noisy dangerous and sometimes unforgiving place, each seaman typical has on a color coded top that distinguishes their roles.   White Tops – These are medical personnel, or they handle mail. Red Tops – These are the guys who load or unload […]

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USS Missouri Fires 15 Inch Guns

March 20, 2011

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The Story Of Butch O Hare

August 7, 2010

World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in the South Pacific. One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had […]

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