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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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Dr. Michael J. Crawford: Retirement Remarks

Dr. Michael J. Crawford Senior Historian Naval History and Heritage Command On this occasion of my retirement after almost thirty-six years as a navy historian, I want to talk with you about two subjects dear to my heart: me and … Continue reading

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The Decisive Blow: the Anglo-French Naval Campaign of 1759

Contents: Origins of British Naval Supremacy The Battles Consequences Economic Effects Colonial Repercussions Bibliography Kevin J. Delamer U.S. Naval War College The Seven Years’ War was a global conflict, conducted between 1756 and 1763, on a scale unlike any previous … Continue reading

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The First Class at RAF No. 31 Radio School: August to September, 1941

Contents: In the Wilds of Ontario BCATP and the Aerodrome of Democracy A Desperate Measure No. 31 Radio School Launches Drinking from the Radar Fire Hose Life at at the School After the First Class’ Graduation Epilogue Bibliography Paul Renard … Continue reading

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Why There Was No Privateering in the Spanish-American War

Contents: Introduction The Declaration of Paris and the “Barbarous Warfare” of Privateering The Righteous Victim: Spain’s Contradictory Diplomacy over Privateering Professionals and Privateers: American Naval Strategy in the War with Spain Honor for want of a Ship: Spanish Naval Strategy … Continue reading

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Female Marines Guard the Embassies: An Experiment in Social Progress and Cultural Change

Contents: Introduction Background General Louis H. Wilson, Jr. (26th Commandant, 1975-79) MSG Pilot Program General Robert H. Barrow (27th Commandant, 1979-1983) Reversals Conclusion Bibliography Beth M. Wolny Doctoral Candidate George Mason University Introduction On November 21, 1979, six Marines stood … Continue reading

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From Hopeless to Heroic: The Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

Contents: The Great Unknown The Popularity of the Polar Question America’s Second Attempt to Reach the North Pole “Abandon Ship!” Lives Were Lost, but the Logbooks Were Saved Impact—Yesterday and Today Appendix I Appendix II Appendix III Annotated Bibliography Flora … Continue reading

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Có Chí Thì Nên: Vietnamese Immigrants Explore a New Home in Minnesota After the Fall of Saigon

Contents: Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Bibliography Noah Hải Lâm Rice National History Day Có chí thì nên is a Vietnamese saying that means, “Where there is will, there is a way.” This describes the determination Vietnamese immigrants displayed … Continue reading

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The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake: Opening New Routes of Exploration and Exchange

Theo Sage-Martinson National History Day This summer I spent one week in London where I saw a recreation of Sir Francis Drake’s ship. When the school year began I thought of Drake immediately. I have always been interested in tall … Continue reading

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Nature and Impact of Involvement of the Navy in the Nigerian Civil War, 1967-1970

Contents: Introduction Nigerian Navy on the Eve of the Nigerian Civil War The Battle for Nigeria’s Coastal Areas:  Operational Responsibility and the Development of the Nigerian Navy Contribution of the Navy to the Defeat of Biafra Dr. William Abiodun Duyile … Continue reading

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