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Naval History & Heritage Command
04/16/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD April 16, 1944, USS Wisconsin (BB-64), a 45,000-ton Iowa class battleship, is commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She later joins the Pacific Fleet in October 1944 and reaches the western Pacific combat zone in December. Over the next nine months, Wisconsin takes part in operations to capture the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa and raid the Japanese home islands. During this period, she rides out two typhoons without damage and uses her sixteen-inch guns to bombard enemy targets in Okinawa and Japan.

After the World War II, Wisconsin is briefly decommissioned only to be reactivated for the Korean War, and serves until 1958. After three decades in reserve status, she is recommissioned in 1988 and participates in the Gulf War where she fires missiles at targets in Iraq and uses her guns to help force the enemy from Kuwait. Wisconsin is decommissioned for the third time 1991, and currently serves as a museum battleship in Norfolk, Virginia.

More photos and history: https://go.usa.gov/xvDRp

Naval History & Heritage Command
04/16/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Navy embarked a Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit (FDPMU) aboard ships of the U.S. 7th Fleet. Its mission: “to help combat the risk of and provide laboratory batch testing for COVID-19.”

The role of Preventive Medical Units (PMUs) in this pandemic is nothing new. PMUs have long been on the frontlines in the war against disease testing and controlling outbreaks.

Learn more about the origin's of Navy Preventive Medicine Units in Navy Medicine's latest blog post: https://go.usa.gov/xv83b

04/15/2020

The South Carolina militia bombardment of Fort Sumter on 12-13 April 1861 marked the opening salvos of the Civil War.

#OTD 15 April 1861- Commodore George Blake, Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy writes to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles: "Sir: In view of the threatening aspect of affairs, I deem it my duty to ask your instructions in the event of threatened attack upon the Naval Academy. The Department is probably aware that this point is not defensible against a superior force, and that my command consists of the students of the Academy, many of whom are little boys, and some of whom are citizens of the seceded states. If an attack should be threatened, with an exhibition of force stronger than we are able to repel, I propose to embark the officers and students in the school-ship Constitution, having first rendered useless the guns and ammunition which we may be compelled to leave on shore, and either defend her in this harbor, or if it be deemed more judicious, put to sea and proceed to New York or Philadelphia. I have the honor to be &c., G. S. Blake, Superintendent" #USNA175 #NavyReadiness

Happy 150th birthday to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, founded #OTD in 1870. The Naval Academy Museum was pro...
04/13/2020
Visitors to Versailles (1682–1789)

Happy 150th birthday to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, founded #OTD in 1870. The Naval Academy Museum was proud to loan its bust of John Paul Jones by Jean-Antoine Houdon and the sword given to John Paul Jones by King Louis XVI of France in 1780 for the Met's 2018 exhibition "Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789)". The Naval Academy Museum and the United States Naval Academy turn 175 later this year. #USNA175 #navyreadiness http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/visitors-to-versailles

This exhibition illustrates what visitors to Versailles encountered at court, what kind of welcome they received, what they saw, and what impressions, gifts, and souvenirs they took home with them.

Episodes 27 and 28 of the museum's Preble Hall podcast are now available. In "Ming Dynasty Treasure Voyages and Zheng He...
04/13/2020
Preble Hall

Episodes 27 and 28 of the museum's Preble Hall podcast are now available.

In "Ming Dynasty Treasure Voyages and Zheng He"
maritime archeologist Dr. Sarah Ward, a Visiting Professor at Dalian Maritime University's Center for Maritime History and Culture Research, gives an analysis the 15th century treasure voyages of famed admiral Zheng He.

In the second episode, CAPT Michael Junge discusses his book "Crimes of Command in the United States Navy, 1945-2015".

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#navyreadiness

A naval history podcast from Preble Hall - the United States Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. Preble Hall will interview historians, practitioners, military personnel, and other experts on a variety of naval history topics from ancient history to recent history.

Naval History & Heritage Command
04/11/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD - April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 launched. Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. served as commander, and former naval aviator Fred W. Haise Jr. was the lunar module pilot. While 200,000 miles from Earth, there was an explosion on board, which forced Apollo 13 to circle the moon without landing. Mission duration was 5 days, 22 hours, and 54 minutes. The mission was deemed a “successful failure.”

HS-4 helicopters made recovery of the capsule from USS Iwo Jima. The 1995 film Apollo 13 depicted the ordeal. For more on the Navy’s role in space exploration, go to NHHC’s website.

Read more in the latest edition of Navy History Matters at:
https://usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil/2020/04/07/navy-history-matters-april-7-2020/

Naval History & Heritage Command
04/11/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

Happy 120th birthday to the U.S. Navy Sailors of the Silent Service!

It was #OTD in 1900 when the Navy officially joined the undersea world with the purchase of USS Holland (SS 1).

Learn more about the U.S. Navy's Submarine Force and check out videos, photographs, and read all about the subs of the #USNavy:
https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/communities/submarines.html

#OTD 1912  Congress appropriates $30k for the care of the United States Navy Trophy Flag collection, which is housed at ...
04/08/2020

#OTD 1912 Congress appropriates $30k for the care of the United States Navy Trophy Flag collection, which is housed at the United States Naval Academy. The project is initially overseen by Commander (later Admiral) William Carey Cole, who hires Amelia Fowler and team of seamstresses to preserve almost two hundred flags, most of which were then mounted in display cases in Mahan Hall. Some of these flags were removed from their cases in Mahan Hall a few years ago, as part of a Naval History & Heritage Command funded project to ensure the long term survival of these important pieces of American naval history. Museum staff worked with Museum Textile Services on a project that garnered international attention. #USNA175

We're currently observing the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, the last major battle of WWII. Several years ag...
04/08/2020
Landing at Okinawa: A First-Hand Account | Preble Hall

We're currently observing the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, the last major battle of WWII. Several years ago the museum sent a number of historic recordings to the Library of Congress for digitization and preservation. We've posted one of those recordings, an eyewitness account of the events at Okinawa on 31 March and 1 April 1945 as the battle begins, in our Preble Hall podcast series. #okinawa75

Among the U.S. Naval Academy Museum's collection of 60,000 paintings, artifacts, and manuscripts are recordings. Several years ago, the Museum transferred two pallets of records from the 1930s and 1940s to the Library of Congress' Sound Division. In return, they digitized several records that were o...

#okinawa75
04/07/2020

#okinawa75

#OTD April 7, 1945, U.S. naval aircraft squadrons from several Task Force 58 fast carriers attack Japanese battleship Yamato and her supporting vessels, including light cruiser Yahagi, and eight supporting destroyers. Highly-skilled American fighter, torpedo bomber, and dive-bomber pilots sink Yahagi, four destroyers, and Yamato, the world’s largest ever battlewagon, sending her to the bottom of the East China Sea with approximately 11 torpedo and six bomb hits.

Read "Battle for Okinawa" by NHHC historians Richard Hulver, Ph.D. and Martin R. Waldman, Ph.D. here: https://go.usa.gov/xv26t

#Okinawa75 #WWII75

Episode 24 of the Preble Hall Naval History Podcast: "The End of Reconstruction and the New Navy" is now available.Docto...
04/07/2020
The End of Reconstruction and the New Navy | Preble Hall

Episode 24 of the Preble Hall Naval History Podcast: "The End of Reconstruction and the New Navy" is now available.

Doctoral candidate Colin McConarty of Boston College's History Department discusses his work "A Final Solution of the Negro Question: Southern Democrats, the New Navy and the End of Reconstruction in America." This episode focuses on key legislators of the late 1800s including Congressman and later Secretary of the Navy Hilary Herbert.

Doctoral candidate Colin McConarty of Boston College's History Department discusses his work "A Final Solution of the Negro Question: Southern Democrats, the New Navy and the End of Reconstruction in America." This episode focuses on key legislators of the late 1800s including Congressman and later....

#okinawa75
04/06/2020

#okinawa75

On April 6, 1945, the Japanese launched the first of a series of ten mass kamikaze air strikes against the U.S. naval fleet during the Battle of Okinawa. Operation Kikusui (Floating Chrysanthemum) No. 1 began with more than 700 Japanese aircraft targeting the allied fleet. Despite carrier aircraft picking off 200 enemy planes, and naval gunfire shooting down another 200, some 180 kamikaze pilots managed to get through, sinking 3 U.S. Navy destroyers and critically damaging nearly a dozen more. As severe as it was, the impact of Kikusui No.1 was far less than the Japanese had hoped, given the numbers of aircraft that they sacrificed.

Naval History & Heritage Command Director Sam Cox details the events of Operation Kikusui No. 1 in H-Gram 044: https://go.usa.gov/xv2H8

#Okinawa75 #WWII75

Naval History & Heritage Command
04/06/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD April 6, 1909, Cmdr. Robert E. Peary reports reaching the North Pole, dropping a note in a glass bottle into a crevice in the ice that states: "I have this day hoisted the national ensign of the United States of America at this place, which my observations indicate to be the North Polar axis of the earth, and have formally taken possession of the entire region, and adjacent, for and in the name of the President of the United States of America."

The U.S. Navy's long history in polar exploration: https://go.usa.gov/xvCd3

Naval History & Heritage Command
04/01/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD April 1, 1945, under heavy naval gunfire and aircraft support, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps troops began the invasion of Okinawa, the last major amphibious assault of World War II. For Japan, the island was the barrier to a direct invasion of its homeland, while to the Allies, once the island was in their control, it would clear the path for the final invasion of Japan.

Read more about the largest battle in the Pacific: https://go.usa.gov/xvawY

#WWII75 #Okinawa75

#OTD in 1953 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery visits the United States Naval Academy. He's shown here at the 1949 Army-N...
04/01/2020

#OTD in 1953 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery visits the United States Naval Academy. He's shown here at the 1949 Army-Navy football game with President Truman. #USNA175

Naval History & Heritage Command
04/01/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD April 1, 1893, U.S. Navy General Order 409 establishes the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Just as they have for the last 127 years, Chief Petty Officers continue to fulfill a vital function in the operation of the Navy’s military and work schedule. Drawing on their past, they serve as technical experts, act as the liaison to commissioned officers and possess the ability to establish and maintain the conditions that provide Sailors with opportunities for success. Their ability to bridge the gap and provide solutions ensures the old mantra, “Ask the Chief,” shall remain a vital part of the Navy well into its future.

Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xvx7y

Today, the nation observes #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay.  Every facet of the U.S. Navy we know today supported the Vie...
03/29/2020

Today, the nation observes #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay. Every facet of the U.S. Navy we know today supported the Vietnam War effort. #USNavy #Sailors were on the sea, along the rivers and coastal waters, in the air, and on land.

VADM William Lawrence (USNA Class of 1951 and 49th Superintendent of the Naval Academy) spent six years as a POW in Vietnam. While in his cell, he learned French from a Vietnamese officer-prisoner in the adjoining cell. All lessons took place without visual contact.

These are pages from his lesson notebook.

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Naval History & Heritage Command
03/29/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

Being the highest-ranking Navy officer to serve as a prisoner of war during Vietnam isn’t what made then-Cmdr. James Stockdale legendary or earned him the Medal of Honor. Nor was it the 26 combat decorations, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Distinguished Service Medals, four Silver Star medals and two Purple Hearts.

So what was it that made Stockdale a Navy legend? Find out at:
https://usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil/2015/11/13/navy-legend-vice-adm-stockdale-led-pow-resistance/

#VietnamWarVeteransDay #MedalOfHonor

Naval History & Heritage Command
03/29/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

Today, the nation observes #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay. Every facet of the U.S. Navy we know today supported the Vietnam War effort. #USNavy #Sailors were on the sea, along the rivers and coastal waters, in the air, and on land.

Naval History & Heritage Command has developed a Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration toolkit to help celebrate the heroes of the Vietnam War for a #VirtualVietnamVeteransDay.

Get the toolkit here and find something to share to thank a #VietnamVet:
https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/commemorations-toolkits/Vietnam-War-Veterans-Day.html

The Naval Academy Museum joins Naval History and Heritage Command in thanking U.S. Navy Vietnam War veterans, and all ve...
03/27/2020

The Naval Academy Museum joins Naval History and Heritage Command in thanking U.S. Navy Vietnam War veterans, and all veterans of that war.

On March 29, we join the nation in celebrating National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

We’re proud to honor the service and sacrifice of those who came before us. Thank you to our followers at Naval History & Heritage Command, Naval Undersea Museum, and Puget Sound Navy Museum who submitted photos of themselves or their family members who served during the Vietnam War-era.

Check out a few of those photos on our blog at:
https://usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil/2020/03/27/honoring-our-navys-vietnam-war-veterans/

Naval History & Heritage Command
03/27/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

From the Pearl Harbor attack to the Japanese surrender, more than 400,000 U.S. service members were killed during World War II. Providing aid to #Marines and #Sailors fighting in combat on the front lines were the Navy corpsmen.

Improvements in battlefield medicine increased the survival rate for the wounded and ill from 4% during World War I to 50% during World War II.

Read more about battlefield medical advances in this week's edition of Navy History Matters, then learn about the history of Navy Medicine at:
https://go.usa.gov/xvqsX

The museum holds several items related to Charles Wilkes, including the Thomas Sully portrait of Wilkes used as an illus...
03/27/2020
The Forgotten American Explorer Who Discovered Huge Parts of Antarctica

The museum holds several items related to Charles Wilkes, including the Thomas Sully portrait of Wilkes used as an illustration in this article.

It should be noted that the opinions expressed in the article are not the official positions of the United States Navy--posting of an article does indicate agreement with its conclusions.

It’s been 180 years since Charles Wilkes voyaged to the Antarctic continent and his journey has never been more relevant

Naval History & Heritage Command
03/26/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

The typical career arc of a naval officer may run from 25-30 years. Most, however, don’t start at age 35. Yet when it comes to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, well, the word “typical” just doesn’t apply.

Feisty. Eccentric. Maverick. Brilliant. Precise. Grace Hopper embodied all of those descriptions and more, but perhaps what defined her as much as anything else was the pride she had in wearing the Navy uniform for 43 years. Ironically, Hopper had to fight to get into the Navy.

Learn more about the pioneer computer programmer, “Amazing Grace”: https://go.usa.gov/xdJYm

#OTD 1938 An act of congress authorizes Superintendent Admiral David Foote Sellers to accept gifts for building a new Un...
03/26/2020

#OTD 1938 An act of congress authorizes Superintendent Admiral David Foote Sellers to accept gifts for building a new United States Naval Academy museum. Foote had served as President (1935-37) of the U.S. Naval Institute and secures funding from it & the Naval Academy Athletic Association.

The latest episode of the museum's Preble Hall podcast is available, focusing on the new Colonial Wars print exhibit up ...
03/25/2020
The Colonial Wars | Preble Hall

The latest episode of the museum's Preble Hall podcast is available, focusing on the new Colonial Wars print exhibit up at the museum. We've put together a Flickr gallery (see below) of the exhibit to coincide with the podcast. We hope you all will come visit when we are able to reopen to the public.

For a century before the American Revolution, the great powers of Europe fought land and naval wars in the Western Hemisphere. Grant Walker, a curator at the Naval Academy Museum, discusses those five wars and how they're represented in an exhibit.

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118 Maryland Ave
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