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#AtHomeActivity alert! Over the last few weeks, the Blue Angels have dazzled the skies above U.S. cities in support of o...
05/29/2020

#AtHomeActivity alert! Over the last few weeks, the Blue Angels have dazzled the skies above U.S. cities in support of our healthcare workers and first responders. May 26th was #NationalPaperAirplaneDay, so we thought it would be fun to celebrate by making our very own Blue Angels inspired paper airplane at home! Head to our website for instructions and design inspiration! #NavyReadiness #NavyMuseumFromHome

#OTD in 1844, the USS Constitution begins her 52,370-mile around-the-world cruise. Commanded by John Percival, Constitut...
05/29/2020

#OTD in 1844, the USS Constitution begins her 52,370-mile around-the-world cruise. Commanded by John Percival, Constitution sails from New York heading eastward and visits places such as Brazil, Borneo, China, the Philippines, Hawaii, and Mexico before returning to Boston on September 27, 1846. The USS Constitution hosts daily tours of our Ship of State on their page at 12 PM EST. You can view the tours here- USS Constitution #NavyReadiness

Asian American Heritage Month is coming to an end. Read more about some of the outstanding achievements of Asian America...
05/28/2020
Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Naval History | The Sextant

Asian American Heritage Month is coming to an end. Read more about some of the outstanding achievements of Asian American sailors in the fleet both past and present-

https://usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil/2016/04/28/celebrating-asian-and-pacific-islanders-month-in-naval-history/
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By John R. Desselle, Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division Asian American and Pacific Islander Sailors, past and present,

It may not be Friday just yet, but we can still celebrate with a #TBT post.Shown in this image is the Main Gate at Naval...
05/28/2020

It may not be Friday just yet, but we can still celebrate with a #TBT post.

Shown in this image is the Main Gate at Naval Station Great Lakes circa 1918. This would be the first thing sailors would see upon arriving at the base. This particular image features sailors standing at attention on either side of the main road with vehicles driving down the middle. While a large group can be seen off to the side holding what appears to be musical instruments. The recognizable clocktower on top of the Administration Building, or Building 1, can be seen at the far end of the road.

Be sure to follow the National Museum of the American Sailor on Instagram (@ntlmuseumamericansailor) for more #TBT posts! #NavyReadiness

BZ, team! Sailors and Underwater Demolition Team members relaxed aboard their ship in 1952 after the successful Operatio...
05/28/2020

BZ, team! Sailors and Underwater Demolition Team members relaxed aboard their ship in 1952 after the successful Operation Fishnet in Korea. The mission’s objective was to reduce food supplies for the Communist Forces by destroying North Korean fishing nets. Photo Courtesy of the National Archives. #NavyReadiness

#OTD in 1942, SC2c Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller receives the prestigious Navy Cross for his heroic actions aboard the USS West V...
05/27/2020

#OTD in 1942, SC2c Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller receives the prestigious Navy Cross for his heroic actions aboard the USS West Virginia (BB-48) during the Attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony is held on the USS Enterprise (CV-6) and ADM Chester Nimitz presents Miller with the medal. Miller is killed in action on November 24, 1943 when the USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56) is torpedoed during the Invasion of the Gilbert Islands. On January 20, 2020, the Navy names the aircraft carrier USS Doris Miller (CVN-81) in Miller’s honor. #NavyReadiness

You can do it! Hang in there, we are halfway through the week! Pictured below are sailors training on ropes while statio...
05/27/2020

You can do it! Hang in there, we are halfway through the week! Pictured below are sailors training on ropes while stationed at NTS Great Lakes, IL. Date unknown. Photo Courtesy of NHHC. Photo #114747 #NavyReadiness

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 graduates of the United States Naval Academy!
05/26/2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 graduates of the United States Naval Academy!

“To all our United States Naval Academy Class of 2020 Graduates: Thank you for answering the call to serve a cause greater than self. As the newest Navy and Marine Corps officers to join our Joint Force team, your leadership will be vital in today’s complex operating environment. Whether at sea, in the air, on land or in the cyber domain, the international order is under assault. Your leadership will have a direct role in preserving great power peace and free and open maritime commons. Our U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps team is a force to be reckoned with. Semper Fortis. Semper Fi.”
-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley

Sailors stationed at Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, IL. form the emblem of the base. Photo Courtesy of NHHC. Photo...
05/26/2020

Sailors stationed at Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, IL. form the emblem of the base. Photo Courtesy of NHHC. Photo # NH 115325. #NavyReadiness

While this Memorial Day might look a bit different than previous years, our staff found ways to participate in honoring ...
05/25/2020

While this Memorial Day might look a bit different than previous years, our staff found ways to participate in honoring the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces. From parades in Woodstock, to neighborhood streets lined with flags in Palatine.

How are you and your families honoring or remembering service members who have died while serving? Share a photo and your location in the comment section below. #NavyReadiness

On the last Monday in May, we observe Memorial Day. Originally, Memorial Day started after the Civil War as Decoration D...
05/25/2020

On the last Monday in May, we observe Memorial Day. Originally, Memorial Day started after the Civil War as Decoration Day, where the graves of fallen Union veterans would be decorated with flowers. After WWI, the holiday shifted to remember all those who have fought and died for the United States. Today, we honor and remember all those who have bravely given up their lives to defend our great nation. #NavyReadiness

Our newest blog is posted. Read it and discover the roots of a beloved wardrobe staple; the t-shirt.
05/23/2020
From Gangway to Runway: The Naval Roots of T-Shirts

Our newest blog is posted. Read it and discover the roots of a beloved wardrobe staple; the t-shirt.

by Tricia Menke, NMAS Curator of Education Break out those t-shirts, it’s summer time! Whether you’re rocking a Navy pride tee or the classic plain white, t-shirts are an essential part of the Amer…

Happy Friday! We hope you are enjoying the day like Y3c Betty Dickinson is as she poses with the "Okinawa" dog mascot of...
05/22/2020

Happy Friday! We hope you are enjoying the day like Y3c Betty Dickinson is as she poses with the "Okinawa" dog mascot of the WAVE barracks at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, May 29, 1945. Photo # 80-G-332335. Photo Courtesy of NHHC.
#NavyReadiness #Okinawa75 #WWII75

#OTD in 1968, the USS Scorpion (SSN-589) is lost with 99 sailors on board, south of the Azores in the North Atlantic. Si...
05/22/2020

#OTD in 1968, the USS Scorpion (SSN-589) is lost with 99 sailors on board, south of the Azores in the North Atlantic. Six days later she is reported overdue at her homeport of Norfolk and a massive search conducted by the Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force commences. In June of 1968, Scorpion is declared lost and an inquiry into the tragic event is convened. In October 1968, her remains are found on the sea floor more than 10,000 feet below the surface by a deep-submergence vehicle towed from USNS Mizar (T-AGOR-11).

With the loss of the USS Thresher (SSN-593) in 1963 and the USS Scorpion (SSN-589) in 1968, the Navy develops the SUBSAFE Program to make sure that all submarines are as safe as possible. In the fifty plus years since the development of the SUBSAFE Program, the U.S. has not lost another submarine. #NavyReadiness

#OTD in 1917, the O’Brien Class Destroyer, USS Ericsson (DD-56) becomes the first U.S. warship to fire a torpedo on a Ge...
05/21/2020

#OTD in 1917, the O’Brien Class Destroyer, USS Ericsson (DD-56) becomes the first U.S. warship to fire a torpedo on a German U-boat during WWI. While on patrol off the coast of Queenstown, Ireland, the Ericsson spots a U-boat firing on two merchant vessels. Ericsson fires at the Germans, but the ship is spotted and the U-boat dives beneath the waves and is missed. The U-boat successfully sinks the two merchant vessels and the Ericsson rescues 37 crewmembers from the ocean. #NavyReadiness

Did you know that 40 ships have been named for the State of Illinois? Check out this infographic from the Naval History ...
05/20/2020

Did you know that 40 ships have been named for the State of Illinois? Check out this infographic from the Naval History and Heritage Command about the naval history of Illinois! #NavyReadiness

Time for our bi-weekly installment of #TriviaTuesday! During the Age of Sail and up until the start of the Civil War, th...
05/19/2020

Time for our bi-weekly installment of #TriviaTuesday! During the Age of Sail and up until the start of the Civil War, the U.S. Navy enlisted crew members known as a “Loblolly Boys”. What would loblolly boys be known as today?

Considering the recent 75th anniversary of VE Day, check out this photograph from the NHHC’s collection. The bell comes ...
05/18/2020

Considering the recent 75th anniversary of VE Day, check out this photograph from the NHHC’s collection. The bell comes from the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. A participant in the Battle of the Atlantic and Battle of Denmark Straits during World War II, the Prinz Eugen was awarded to the United States as a war prize. The bell was removed from the ship and used as a target during atomic bombs testing in Operation Crossroads. Photo Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command. #NavyReadiness #WWII75

This week’s #SailorSpotlight goes to Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class William D. Halyburton, Jr. #OTD Halyburton is posthu...
05/16/2020

This week’s #SailorSpotlight goes to Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class William D. Halyburton, Jr. #OTD Halyburton is posthumously awarded the MoH for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with a Marine Rifle Company in the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa on May 19, 1945. Undaunted by the deadly accuracy of Japanese counter fire, Halyburton unhesitatingly dashed across the draw and up the hill into an open fire-swept field where the company advance squad was suddenly pinned down under a terrific concentration of mortar, machine gun and sniper fire with resultant severe casualties. Moving steadily forward despite the enemy’s merciless barrage, he reached the wounded Marine who lay farthest away and was rendering first aid when his patient was struck for the second time. Instantly placing himself in direct line of fire, Halyburton shielded the fallen fighter with his own body and continued his ministrations. Alert, determined, and completely unselfish in his concern for the helpless Marine, he persevered in his efforts until he himself sustained mortal wounds and collapsed, heroically sacrificing himself that his comrade might live. By his outstanding valor, uncommon initiative, and unwavering dedication to duty, Halyburton reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. #Okinawa75
The guided missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) was named in honor of Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class William D. Halyburton. To learn more about the ship and the meaning behind the ships crest, click here- https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/h/Halyburton.html
#WWII75 #NavyReadiness

While this may look like just a regular anchor chain link, it belongs to the German submarine U-505 from World War II. B...
05/16/2020

While this may look like just a regular anchor chain link, it belongs to the German submarine U-505 from World War II. Besides being the first ship to be commandeered by the U.S. Navy since the War of 1812, the sub’s capture gave the Allies an Enigma machine, helping to break the German’s top-secret codes. Destined to be used for target practice by the USN, the submarine was rescued from this fate when the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago asked to display the submarine instead. It is still on exhibit today! Photo Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command. #NavyReadiness

#AtHomeActivity alert! Make a sailor's day by writing a personal letter to someone serving far from home. Find this and ...
05/15/2020

#AtHomeActivity alert! Make a sailor's day by writing a personal letter to someone serving far from home.

Find this and other fun activities on our website: www.history.navy.mil/nmas/education/home-activities

#thingstodoathome #navymuseumsfromhome #museumathome #navyreadiness

Feeling lost without sports? Take a look back at the wild world of Chicago sports amid the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 ...
05/15/2020
1918 in Chicago sports: Despite World War I and the Spanish flu, George Halas thrived — and the Chicago Cubs may have dodged a fate worse than losing the World Series

Feeling lost without sports? Take a look back at the wild world of Chicago sports amid the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 with this fantastic article by the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune spoke with our very own archivist Jennifer and several other local historians about the Spanish Flu’s impact on college football, George Halas, and much more.

The 1918 major-league baseball and college football seasons played out amid World War I and a deadly outbreak of the Spanish flu. The formation of military base football teams may have played a role in laying the foundation for George Halas' Chicago Bears.

PULL! The U.S. Navy was part of the occupation of Veracruz, Mexico during the Mexican Revolution in 1914. Here, Sailors ...
05/15/2020

PULL! The U.S. Navy was part of the occupation of Veracruz, Mexico during the Mexican Revolution in 1914. Here, Sailors and Marines battle it out in a game of tug-of-war. We wonder who won? From Bain News Service, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Photo Courtesy of NHHC. #NavyReadiness

For our Exhibits Specialist, working from home means bringing the workshop to his own garage! Over the last few weeks, h...
05/14/2020

For our Exhibits Specialist, working from home means bringing the workshop to his own garage! Over the last few weeks, he’s been busy designing and crafting elements like this vintage-inspired sign for “Marked by the Sea: Tattoos and the U.S. Navy,” a new exhibit coming to NMAS later this year. #NavyReadiness #NavyMuseumFromHome

#OTD in 1836, Congress authorizes the U.S. Exploring Expedition to conduct an exploration of the Pacific Ocean and South...
05/14/2020

#OTD in 1836, Congress authorizes the U.S. Exploring Expedition to conduct an exploration of the Pacific Ocean and South Seas, the first major U.S. scientific expedition overseas. Lieutenant Charles Wilkes is handpicked to command the exploration due to his education and familiarity with nautical survey work. This expedition comes to be known as the “Wilkes Expedition” and consists of six ships, the USS Vincennes becomes the flagship of Wilkes’ fleet. In total, nearly 350 men including artists, botanists, naturalists and a team of nine scientists depart Hampton Roads, Virginia on August 18, 1838. The crew explores the waters off South America, Australia, Hawaii, the American West Coast and most famously, Antarctica. The expedition returns in 1842 with a wealth of new nautical knowledge, maps, charts and scientific specimens. Many of the items collected by the expedition form the first collections of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. established in 1846. The Wilkes Expedition helps to reinforce the reputation of the United States as a new economic power. #NavyReadiness

Even though VE Day was last week, here are some photographs highlighting the role of the Navy in Germany after the wars ...
05/13/2020

Even though VE Day was last week, here are some photographs highlighting the role of the Navy in Germany after the wars end. When thinking about the Navy during WWII, many focus primarily on the Pacific Theater or the Normandy Invasion of 1944. However, the Navy had the task of clearing out the strategic port cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven in Germany in May 1945 while the war raged on in the Pacific. #NavyReadiness #WWII75

On Monday, researchers announced that the wreckage of the USS Nevada (BB-36) was discovered south of Pearl Harbor in the...
05/13/2020
VIDEO: Research Groups Find Wreck of 'Unsinkable Battleship' USS Nevada - USNI News

On Monday, researchers announced that the wreckage of the USS Nevada (BB-36) was discovered south of Pearl Harbor in the Pacific Ocean. USS Nevada, dubbed the "unsinkable battleship", was the only battleship to get underway and make it out of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and served in some of the most notorious campaigns of WWII before meeting her fate as an atomic test target. Read more about the ship that was "too tough to die" here-
https://news.usni.org/2020/05/11/video-research-groups-find-wreck-of-unsinkable-battleship-uss-nevada

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A research team found USS Nevada (BB-36) – the “unsinkable battleship” – in more than 15,400-feet of water near Pearl Harbor.

05/12/2020
Fireman Second Class Telesforo Trinidad

In honor of Asian American Heritage Month, we salute the only Filipino in the U.S. Navy to be awarded the MoH, Fireman Second Class Telesforo Trinidad. Trinidad enlists in the Navy after the U.S. takes control of the Philippines at the end of the Spanish-American War. On January 21, 1915, while on patrol in the Gulf of California, Trinidad goes above and beyond to save two fellow shipmates during a boiler explosion. Trinidad survives the event and goes on to live a long life, passing away on May 8, 1968 at the age of 77. Watch the video below to discover the bravery Trinidad exhibited to earn the MoH. #NavyReadiness
https://youtu.be/0YKDcM7--48

Our U.S. Navy reflects the nation we serve and is strengthened by the diversity of our people like Fireman Second Class Telesforo Trinidad who is the only Fi...

Animal mascots are not a unique U.S. Navy tradition. Here is a German warship’s puppy mascot during World War II in Norw...
05/12/2020

Animal mascots are not a unique U.S. Navy tradition. Here is a German warship’s puppy mascot during World War II in Norway. Do you have any memorable ship mascots from your time in the Navy? Share in the comments below!
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command. #NavyReadiness"

Turn your eyes to the sky tomorrow for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds “thank you” salute! #America...
05/11/2020

Turn your eyes to the sky tomorrow for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds “thank you” salute! #AmericaStrong

Detroit, Chicago, and Indianapolis your Blue Angels are heading your way this Tuesday! Check back tomorrow for routes and overhead times. Stay home and stay safe!

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Public transportation to the National Museum of the American Sailor is available via Metra's Union Pacific North Line. The train stop is Great Lakes, and the museum is located north of the station at the Naval Station Great Lakes Gate 1.

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**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to Historical and Genealogical Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island to honor their Ancestors, and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. For more information and Support Letter Writing Instructions, use the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx
I have two electronics training books in better condition than the one on display that I would to donate to the Great Lakes Museum. Can I mail them to you? Address? Donald Helgeson, 847 676 4604