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View From the Quarterdeck: Volume 15, Issue 1

We live in a world of change driven by technology and a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic that medical scientists have not yet been able to curb.  There is much talk of quarantines of all sorts.  Perhaps that is a subtle reminder … Continue reading

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The Pueblo Incident: Locating the “Hidden” Spy Ship

“Pueblo is Shifted by North Koreans: The North Korean moved the captured United States intelligence ship Pueblo from the port of Wonsan to another place, State Department officials said today.” 1 New York Times (AP)May 10, 1968 Bill StreiferFreelance Journalist … Continue reading

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The Scissored Pueblo Record

“Two weeks ago, I visited personally with Commander Bucher and many members of the crew of the Pueblo. I was asked repeatedly by them: ‘Why wasn’t our call for help answered? We held out as long as we could, but … Continue reading

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“Unwelcomed Soldiers Invading a Fraternity”: Breaking Gender Barriers in the United States Military

National History Day Video Process Annotated Bibliography Jessie Henderson National History Day National History Day Video Process Before researching this topic, I brainstormed about topics which matched the theme. After a family friend suggested naval pilot Captain Rosemary Mariner, I … Continue reading

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What Are They Reading: Vol. 4

Charles C. Chadbourn, IIIEditor, International Journal of Naval History This article is another of our continuing series where readers of this journal interested in international naval history and related topics may share with colleagues ideas on good books to read … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Admiral Gorshkov – The Man Who Challenged the U.S. Navy

Norman Polmar and Thomas A. Brooks, Admiral Gorshkov, The Man Who Challenged U.S.Navy. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2019. 264 pp. Reviewed by Hans Christian BjergDenmark Naval Historian Today, probably very few are familiar with the armament and the dominant role … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – War in the American Pacific and East Asia, 1941-1972

Hal M. Friedman, ed. War in the American Pacific and East Asia, 1941-1972. Lexington KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2018. 264 pp.  Review by John M. Jennings, PhDUnited States Air Force Academy War in the American Pacific and East Asia, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China, 1945-2016

Winkler, David F., Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China, 1945-2016. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2017. 320 pp.  Review by LT Anthony Rush, USN  Senior Instructor, Department of History, USAF Academy  In Incidents at Sea: … Continue reading

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Vol. 14, Issue 2: About the Authors

Kenneth C. Wenzer The U.S. Navy and the Conquest of the Pacific by Lt. Cmdr. Charles H. Stockton Kenneth C. Wenzer is an independent historian who lives in Takoma Park, MD. Douglas Peifer Presidential Crisis Decision Making following the Sinking … Continue reading

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The U.S. Navy and the Conquest of the Pacific by Lt. Cmdr. Charles H. Stockton

Contents: Introduction The Historical Context Stockton and Mahan Afterthoughts Kenneth C. Wenzer Independent Historian Introduction In 1513 Vasco Núñez de Balboa claimed the entire Pacific and all the shores washed by its waters for the Spanish Empire. Three hundred and … Continue reading

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Presidential Crisis Decision Making Following the Sinking of the Panay

Contents: The Setting The Domestic Context Presidential Crisis Decision Making Douglas Peifer US Air War College Setting Last December marked the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the US gunboat Panay by Japanese aircraft, an incident that predated the Japanese … Continue reading

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Sailing Away From the Turbulent Waters of Vietnam: The Overflowing Waves of Boat People

Vy Nguyen National History Day (Return to September 2018 Table of Contents)

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Old Salts in the New Steel Navy

Roy T. Greim Swarthmore College The photograph “The Old Navy,” also known as “The Old Salts of the Square Rigger Navy,” taken on board the USS Mohican in 1888, is one of the most iconic images of America’s “Old Navy” … Continue reading

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The Oyster Wars of Chesapeake Bay: How Regulatory Compromise Created Conflict

Contents: Introduction The Booming Oyster Industry Problems in the Emerging Oyster Industry Regulation  of the Oyster Industry and the Violence that Ensued The Unsuccessful Oyster Police The End of the Oyster Wars The Tragedy  of the Commons Conclusion Appendices Zoe … Continue reading

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Inside the Archives: U.S. Naval History at the Smithsonian Institution

Contents: Sailing and Science A Cruise with a President The Atomic Era U.S. Navy Navigation To learn more Lesley Parilla Cataloging and Bibliographic Access Librarian, Smithsonian Libraries A researcher might not think to look for materials relating to the U.S. … Continue reading

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