in 1980, the first women graduated from the United States Naval Academy!
Elizabeth Anne Rowe was the first female member of the class to graduate, setting off decades of a surge in female applicants and graduates. Today, women comprise more than a quarter of the increasingly inclusive Brigade.
📸: U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen hold noon meal formation in Tecumseh Court, Annapolis (May 5, 2021). [U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Thomas Bonaparte Jr./Released]
No one left behind.
Those four simple words are more than a sentiment. For the Defense Pow/mia Accounting Agency, no one left behind is the sole mission. This joint services organization is reponsible for finding and returning all missing service members from World War II to the present. In honor of Memorial Day, discover how they accomplish this mission by listening to our latest Scuttlebutt episode at the link below.
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Asian American Sailors continue a proud of Navy service that began over 200 years ago.
Learn about some of these key naval figures, like William "John" Ah Hang, Telesforo de la Cruz Trinidad, and American Samoa's Fita Fita Guard and Band, in our new U.S. Navy Experience brochure!
, 1942 Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller receives the Navy Cross for his heroism at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Adm. Chester W. Nimitz presents the medal to Miller.
Join authors Brendan Sims and Steve McGregor as they talk about their perspectives on the U.S. Navy’s defining battle in the Pacific during World War II--emphasizing the crucial combination of a culture of innovation, the contribution from immigrants, and a vital intelligence coup as the deciding factors in America’s victory.
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More information about Washington Navy Yard access and the program can be found on our website, linked below.
The will be closed this Monday, May 30th in honor of Memorial Day. We will reopen the following day - Tuesday, May 31st - at 9am. 🇺🇸
The all-Navy crew mission to the first experimental space station, Skylab, is launched in 1973. The main solar array was jammed and needed intervention in order to work properly. Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., (Commander), Paul J. Weitz, (Pilot), Joseph P. Kerwin, (Science Pilot) spent 28 days in space working on the systems.
By the middle of June, the Skylab 2 crew splashed down and they were picked up by their Navy shipmates aboard USS Ticonderoga (CV 14).
in 1911 USS Wyoming (BB 32) was launched!
Serving as the lead of its class of dreadnought battleships, USS Wyoming was part of the U.S. Battleship Division Nine during World War I, which patrolled the North Sea and escorted convoys. In the early 1930s, the was converted into a training ship and served in this capacity for the remainder of the decade. In 1941, Wyoming became a gunnery ship, ultimately training over 30,000 gunners in preparation for their service in World War II.
A more detailed history of USS Wyoming's service can be found using the link below!
📸: USS Wyoming (BB 32) in the Gaillard Cut (looking north), Panama Canal, July 26, 1920. [Naval History and Heritage Command photograph, catalog # NH 73826]
Do you feel the need...? The need for..Drama..action...Hollywood dirt?
Join NMUSN as journalist and author Meredith Jordan gives a talk explaining her work in documenting all the behind-the-scenes drama involved in the production of the 1986 Navy action thriller, Top Gun.
Her new book, TOP GUN Memos: The Making and Legacy of an Iconic Movie contains over 1,200 pages of studio and production notes, government documents, and hundreds of news accounts and personal anecdotes involving those associated with the movie. Rich in detail, it includes the good, the creative, and occasionally, the ugly but honest story behind the movie and its exceptional filmmakers.
Find the book here: https://www.facebook.com/TopGunMemos
in 1917, the first convoy of United States troops leaves the port of Hampton Roads, Virginia destined for France. After the sinking of mutiple merchant vessels and a declaration of war that passed through Congress and President Woodrow Wilson, American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, were heading across the Atlantic Ocean. The Cruiser and Transport Force commanded by Rear Admiral Albert Gleaves coordinated the launch of hundreds of convoys during the extent of the war.
"A Fast Convoy" by Burnell Poole, image of an oil painting depicting USS Allen escorting USS Leviathan. (NHHC Photo Archives Identifier #: NH 42690-KN)
in 1943 USS New Jersey (BB 62) was commissioned!
The Iowa-class USS New Jersey served in several wars, including: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Persian Gulf War. Notably, New Jersey participated in the Battle of Philippine Sea, Battle of Leyte Gulf, and supported the Iwo Jima and Okinawa Campaigns during its first few years of service. Today, the long-serving is a living museum and in Camden, New Jersey.
Check out our online exhibit featuring this beloved battleship, linked below!
📸: USS New Jersey (BB-62) steams into a Japanese port during her second Korean War tour, circa April-May 1953. Note harbor defense nets beyond the ship. [Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, catalog #: 80-G-K-16282]
Despite rampant anti-Asian discrimination in the United States during World War II, Susan Ahn Cuddy enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942.
As an enlisted Sailor and later as an officer, Cuddy trained air crewmen and Navy pilots on a variety of weapons. Upon graduating from gunnery school, she became the first female Navy gunnery officer. She eventually transitioned to the Office of Naval Intelligence to work with codebreakers. Even after leaving the Navy in 1946, Cuddy continued her career in public , including stints as an intelligence analyst and section chief with the National Security Agency and other projects for the Department of Defense. Her and ensured that other women and Asian Americans could follow in her important footsteps.
📸: Ensign Susan Ahn trains a Sailor on the .50 caliber machine gun, 1944. (Photo by Philip Cuddy, courtesy of defense.gov, 210426-O-ZZ999-084)