U.S. Naval Academy Museum

U.S. Naval Academy Museum The U. S. Naval Academy Museum serves as an educational and inspirational resource for the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U. S. Naval Academy, other students of American naval history, and thousands of visitors each year.

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LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during t...
05/19/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942. We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway.

19 May 1942

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during t...
05/18/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942. We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway.

18 May 1942

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during t...
05/17/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942. We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway.

17 May 1942

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during t...
05/16/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942. We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway.

16 May 1942

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during t...
05/15/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942. We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway.

15 May 1942

USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6)
Caption: Douglas SBDs and Grumman F4Fs share the flight deck as the ship operates in the Coral Sea, 15 May 1942. Planes in foreground are from VF-6. Photo: National Archives

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during t...
05/14/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway. 14 May 1942.

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during t...
05/13/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway. 13 May 1942.

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during t...
05/12/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway. 12 May 1942.

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during t...
05/12/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF-6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway. 11 May 1942. The second photo was taken aboard the Enterprise 11 May 1942:

"USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6) Flight deck scene, looking aft, 11 May 1942, as USS SABINE (AO-25) approaches the carrier to fuel her. Planes on deck are SBD-2/3s from VS-6 and VB-6. F4F-4 "Wildcat" from VF-6 in foreground bears old centered star markings." Photo: National Archives

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during th...
05/12/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway. 10 May 1942:

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during th...
05/11/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway. 8 May 1942:

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during th...
05/11/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway. 9 May 1942:

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during th...
05/11/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway. 7 May 1942:

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during th...
05/10/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway. 6 May 1942:

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during th...
05/10/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway. 5 May 1942:

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during th...
05/10/2019

LT J. S. (Jim) Gray Jr. (USNA 1936) served as CO of the VF6 (Fighting) Squadron embarked on the USS Enterprise during the Battle of Midway in 1942. After the war, while serving as the Aide to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, he donated to the museum “The War Record of Fighting Squadron Six” in which the squadron’s duty officers had kept a summary of daily activities from 7 December 1941 through 21 June 1942. Gray retired from the Navy in 1966 with the rank of Captain.

We’ll be giving the squadron’s daily updates in the days leading up to the Battle of Midway starting with 4 May.

LT Gray’s photo from the 1936 Lucky Bag and the summary for 4 May 1942 which notes Battle of the Coral Sea action from the Lexington.

The museum staff is hard at work putting up a new exhibit. More details soon....
05/08/2019

The museum staff is hard at work putting up a new exhibit. More details soon....

Today marks the 254 anniversary of HMS Victory floating out of Old Single Dock at Chatham Dockyard. The Naval Academy Mu...
05/07/2019

Today marks the 254 anniversary of HMS Victory floating out of Old Single Dock at Chatham Dockyard. The Naval Academy Museum has several artifacts related to the Victory, including this wood fragment presented to the United States Naval Academy in 1949 as a "Souvenir of the Comradeship-in-Arms of the Men of the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy". National Museum of the Royal Navy

Happy 254th to the HMS Victory!
05/07/2019

Happy 254th to the HMS Victory!

🎂 Today is the 254th anniversary of the oldest commissioned warship in the world, HMS Victory. 🎂

She was floated out of the Old Single Dock at Chatham Dockyard on this day in 1765.

She’s had an incredible journey as Nelson’s flagship and her 40th year was spent at the Battle of Trafalgar.

She’s also where Nelson lost his life and you can see the spot where he fell on her top deck.

Now at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard she's ready to teach you all about key moments in British naval history! ⚓️

Naval History & Heritage Command
05/03/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

First introduced by Rear Admiral Charles Train, the practice of singing the first verse of the Navy Hymn at the conclusion of Sunday's Divine Services at the United States Naval Academy began in 1879.

Want to know more? Check out the link below!

Naval History & Heritage Command
05/01/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

Check out the latest edition of Navy History Matters—our weekly compilation of articles, commentaries, and blogs related to history and heritage.

Every week we’ll gather the top-interest items from a variety of media and social media sources and then link you to related content on our website, your authoritative source for Naval history.

Click below for more!

We sometimes get questions about information from the Lucky Bag. Here's a link to where you can find searchable digital ...
04/10/2019

We sometimes get questions about information from the Lucky Bag. Here's a link to where you can find searchable digital copies of the Lucky Bag through 1974, courtesy of Nimitz Library.

Meet the team putting together the Lucky Bag Yearbook for the Class of 2019!

The Lucky Bag Yearbook is a group of dedicated midshipmen who act as photographers, editors, and organizers to create the Lucky Bag Yearbook annually.

Do you still have your Lucky Bag? The Lucky Bag, from its first issue through the 1970 issue has been digitized as part of a partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, the Naval War College, and the Internet Archive. Those editions can be found here: http://cdm16099.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16099coll7

United States Naval Academy
04/01/2019

United States Naval Academy

Happy birthday to our Navy Chiefs!

The United States Naval Academy Band performed during colors this morning in honor of the 126th birthday of our Navy Chiefs! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our nation.

03/29/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

Between the years 1964 and 1973, 3,403,000 Americans deployed to southeast Asia. Among them, 1.8 million served as Sailors.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is an American holiday observed annually on March 29. It recognizes veterans who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

To all those that served in Vietnam, we say, welcome home.

For more U.S. Navy history videos, be sure to check out our YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/usnavyhistory.

The museum has several baseballs in its collection, but this unused early 1930s official American League ball with its o...
03/28/2019

The museum has several baseballs in its collection, but this unused early 1930s official American League ball with its original box looks ready for opening day. Play ball!

The museum holds the papers of Admiral Augustus Ludlow Case (1812-1893). Most of the papers deal with naval and family b...
03/19/2019

The museum holds the papers of Admiral Augustus Ludlow Case (1812-1893). Most of the papers deal with naval and family business, but there are also a few more personal items, like this booklet of flowers and other plants that Case collected from landmarks in Europe (with one collected by a midshipman). Here is a selection:

Our Philo T. McGiffin exhibit is open on the museum's second deck. McGiffin was an 1882 USNA graduate who became an offi...
03/18/2019

Our Philo T. McGiffin exhibit is open on the museum's second deck. McGiffin was an 1882 USNA graduate who became an officer in the Chinese Navy and commanded a ship during the Battle of Yalu River in 1894. We will be featuring more Philo McGiffin history in coming weeks. The exhibit draws on the USNA museum collection as well as loaned items from the Washington County Historical Society, the McGiffin family, and images from the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Nimitz Library's Special Collections and Archives.

Naval History & Heritage Command
03/14/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

The wreckage of USS Wasp (CV 7) has been located!

Sunk in 1942, a team of researchers aboard RV Petrel located the World War II-era aircraft carrier at a depth of approximately 14,000 feet.

For more of the story, check out the article from The New York Times.

Hard at work completing the installation of our new temporary exhibit featuring Philo McGiffin (USNA 1882). The opening ...
03/14/2019

Hard at work completing the installation of our new temporary exhibit featuring Philo McGiffin (USNA 1882). The opening date will be announced very soon!

Albert Michelson (USNA 1873) won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1907, becoming the first American to win one in a scient...
03/12/2019

Albert Michelson (USNA 1873) won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1907, becoming the first American to win one in a scientific field. His experiments to ascertain the velocity of light began at the Naval Academy in 1878-79. The museum has some of his original work in its collection and will be putting it on display in the near future.

When the museum accepts a donation, the donor mails back a Deed of Gift for our records. We received one today that used...
03/11/2019

When the museum accepts a donation, the donor mails back a Deed of Gift for our records. We received one today that used a 1936 stamp featuring John Paul Jones and John Barry as part of the postage, which was a nice surprise.

02/19/2019

The Museum will be closed on Wednesday February 20th due to inclement weather.

On this day in 1814 Midshipman John Marston Jr. was presented a two volume Naval History of the United States by the "ve...
02/18/2019

On this day in 1814 Midshipman John Marston Jr. was presented a two volume Naval History of the United States by the "venerable and good President Adams." Marston knew President Adams because he had delivered the news of the Constitution's victory over the Guerriere to the former president and was appointed a midshipman several months later with Adams' help. Marston served in the Navy from 1813 until after the Civil War, ultimately achieving the rank of Rear Admiral.

On this day in 1898 the USS Maine explodes in Havana Harbor, killing 260 crew members. The museum has a temporary exhibi...
02/15/2019

On this day in 1898 the USS Maine explodes in Havana Harbor, killing 260 crew members. The museum has a temporary exhibit case on the first deck with photographs of the Maine and artifacts recovered after the explosion. The draft of a telegram written by Captain Charles Sigsbee (seen here as a Naval Academy midshipman and aboard the Maine) immediately following the explosion is also on display.

Happy Valentine's Day?On this day in 1797, a British fleet led by Admiral Sir John Jervis on the HMS Victory defeated a ...
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine's Day?

On this day in 1797, a British fleet led by Admiral Sir John Jervis on the HMS Victory defeated a Spanish fleet at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent. This battle was one of the opening salvos of the Anglo-Spanish war, which would continue for over a decade. The Naval Academy Museum has a number of medals cast commemorating the victory as part of its Malcolm Storer Naval Medals Collection. This medal has "A VALENTINE PRESENTED TO SPAIN BY ADM JERVIS XX" stamped into the edge.

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On this day in 1849 Commander George P. Upshur, Superintendent of the U.S. Naval School, was informed that President Pol...
02/09/2019

On this day in 1849 Commander George P. Upshur, Superintendent of the U.S. Naval School, was informed that President Polk had directed all naval trophy flags be deposited at the Naval School in Annapolis. The list of flags is from an 1814 congressional proceeding that was held determine what to do with flags captured during the War of 1812. At that time, naval trophy flags were put under the authority of the President of the United States but it took until 1849 for a decision to be made on where to place them. All of the flags listed by Congress in 1814 are currently in the collection of the Naval Academy Museum.

Address

118 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD
21402-5034

The area is served by three major airports, several private airfields, AmTrak, buses, and marinas.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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(410) 293-2108

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