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Mission: The Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. Naval history and heritage. It is composed of many activities including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archaeology, Navy history, nine museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.

The longest-serving hospital ships in continuous operation in our history, Mercy and Comfort have long captured the publ...
03/31/2020

The longest-serving hospital ships in continuous operation in our history, Mercy and Comfort have long captured the public’s imagination due to their vast medical capabilities as floating hospitals, but stateside deployments during global pandemics remain unchartered waters.

On March 18, President Trump announced Navy hospital ships #USNSMercy (T-AH-19) and #USNSComfort (T-AH-20) were to be activated and deployed stateside to serve as referral centers for non-#COVID19 patients.

You can learn more about the storied history of our hospital ships here: https://go.usa.gov/xvaJN

03/31/2020
U.S. Navy

“These are challenging times right now for all of us, but there is no doubt that women have, and will continue to make history in exciting ways.”- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and Mrs. Linda Gilday #WomensHistoryMonth #NavyWomenMakingHistory

Blog ⬇️https://go.usa.gov/xvCcp

“These are challenging times right now for all of us, but there is no doubt that women have, and will continue to make history in exciting ways.”- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and Mrs. Linda Gilday #WomensHistoryMonth #NavyWomenMakingHistory

Blog ⬇️ https://navylive.dodlive.mil/2020/03/31/navywomenmakinghistory-a-message-from-cno-and-mrs-gilday/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=100001208471981&utm_campaign=Man

#DYK the Navy Department Library has the largest collection of U.S. Navy cruise books and yearbooks in one place? It is ...
03/31/2020

#DYK the Navy Department Library has the largest collection of U.S. Navy cruise books and yearbooks in one place? It is actually tradition for visiting Sailors to sign their photo. Check out Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday's signature in the 1985 Naval Academy Lucky Bag Yearbook.

#NavyDepartmentLibrary220

03/31/2020
National Museum of the United States Navy

With most of the country at home, the Director of Education for the National Museum of the United States Navy has put together a virtual "Sailor in a Box." Normally, it is an in-person showcase that consists of uniforms and objects from the museum's education collection, but today he is bringing it directly to you. So, sit back and enjoy!

You can learn more about the U.S. Navy Railway Gun here: https://go.usa.gov/xvaFS

With everyone stuck at home, Tom, our Director of Education, decided to make a virtual "Sailor in a Box" for everyone! It's a program where we usually break out uniforms and objects from the education collection and showcase them in person. So, sit back and enjoy!
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#NMUSN #NHHC #navyhistory #sailorinabox

03/31/2020
USS Constitution

USS Constitution

Join us for a virtual tour of USS Constitution! We have two knowledgeable Sailors to answer your questions! Ask in the comment section!

#DYK that the Navy Department Library's book plate was designed in 1906 by Adolf C. Ruebsam, an engraver with the Navy's...
03/31/2020

#DYK that the Navy Department Library's book plate was designed in 1906 by Adolf C. Ruebsam, an engraver with the Navy's Hydrographic Office? The eagle symbolizes US sovereignty; the anchor represents the US Navy and hope; the frigate USS Constitution is a reference to naval victories; the shell represents the deep sea; and Neptune (Poseidon, god of the sea) and a nereid (one of 50 sea nymphs that were helpful to sailors) originate in ancient Greek mythology.

#NavyDepartmentLibrary220

Happy 220th Birthday to the Navy Department Library! #OTD March 31, 1800, President John Adams wrote a letter to Secreta...
03/31/2020

Happy 220th Birthday to the Navy Department Library! #OTD March 31, 1800, President John Adams wrote a letter to Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert directing him to establish a naval library. President Adams wrote:

“It ought to consist of all the best writings in Dutch, Spanish, French, and especially the English, upon the theory and practice of naval architecture, navigation, gunnery, hydraulics, hydrostatics, and all branches of mathematics subservient to the profession of the sea. The lives of all the admirals, English, French, Dutch, or any other nation, who have distinguished themselves by the boldness and success of their navigation or their gallantry and skill in naval combat."

Today, as part of the Naval History & Heritage Command, the Navy Department Library is located at the Washington Naval Yard and its collection consists of 114,000 book titles, 374,000 manuscripts, and 189,000 periodicals! Stay tuned throughout the day as we celebrate 220 years of preserving our Navy's history.

#NavyDepartmentLibrary220

"During the Age of Sail, navigating the ocean required keen seamanship and a crew that could act together as one. When a...
03/30/2020

"During the Age of Sail, navigating the ocean required keen seamanship and a crew that could act together as one. When a ship entered a powerful storm, the crew would rush to heave up the sails and batten down all hatches as they prepared to weather the storm."

As our country and the world responds to the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic, the Commander of USS Constitution shares a message about weathering this storm together. You can read it here: https://go.usa.gov/xvxsa

In celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, Naval History & Heritage Command shares with you the wartime experiences of two w...
03/30/2020

In celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, Naval History & Heritage Command shares with you the wartime experiences of two women at Iwo Jima and Okinawa whose bravery and boldness led them to accomplish some fearless firsts.

This infographic shares the stories of Navy war correspondent Barbara Miller Finch and U.S. Navy flight nurse Ensign Jane Kendeigh.

#WWII #Okinawa75 #IwoJima75

Learn more about women in naval history at:
https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/women-in-the-navy.html

03/30/2020
USS Constitution

For the safety of their guests and crew, USS Constitution remains closed to the public; however, to continue the mission of promoting the U.S. Navy, USS Constitution and America’s rich maritime heritage, the crew is providing daily Facebook Live tours at 1:00 pm EDT. Watch now!

You can learn more about how those aboard USS Constitution are responding to global pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) here: https://go.usa.gov/xvxsa

Join us for a virtual tour of USS Constitution! We have two knowledgeable Sailors to answer your questions! Ask in the comment section!

#OTD in 1944 - Task Force 58 begins bombing of Japanese airfields, shipping, fleet servicing facilities, and other insta...
03/30/2020

#OTD in 1944 - Task Force 58 begins bombing of Japanese airfields, shipping, fleet servicing facilities, and other installations at Palau, Yap, Ulithi, and Woleai in the Carolines.

03/29/2020
Hampton Roads Naval Museum

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The date honors and commemorates the service of Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Coastguardsmen and Allied; their families and those who never made it back home serving in a conflict that took place over 9,000 miles away. We created a short segment with awesome 🔈which highlights the service of our Sailors who served on the high seas, in the air, in the muddy waters and on land during that time. We also included segments of our new exhibit which tells the story of U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War. Don’t forget to enable the 🔈 before hitting play; and be sure to share the post.

Being the highest-ranking Navy officer to serve as a prisoner of war during Vietnam isn’t what made then-Cmdr. James Sto...
03/29/2020

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

Today, the nation observes #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay. Every facet of the U.S. Navy we know today supported the Viet...
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.

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

03/28/2020
Naval History & Heritage Command

Tomorrow, we join the nation in celebrating #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay.

Take a look back at Naval History & Heritage Command's tribute to Vietnam War Veterans for a #VirtualVietnamVeteransDay.

For more on on the history of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, visit:
https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/vietnam-war0.html

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.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Navy Seabees celebrated their 78th birthday, so we're sharing with you a Seabee classic to ...
03/28/2020

Earlier this month, the U.S. Navy Seabees celebrated their 78th birthday, so we're sharing with you a Seabee classic to add to your movie queue!

John Wayne stars in the 1944 film "The Fighting Seabees", a rip-roaring tribute to the U.S. Navy's Construction Batallion, without whom no plane would ever have gotten off the ground during World War II.

The Seabees performed now legendary deeds in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of Operation during #WWII. Learn more at:
https://go.usa.gov/xvqK2

More on the movie:
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fighting_seabees

#OTD - March 27, 1945 - Five days prior to the invasion of the Japanese home island of Okinawa, U.S. naval vessels condu...
03/27/2020

#OTD - March 27, 1945 - Five days prior to the invasion of the Japanese home island of Okinawa, U.S. naval vessels conducting bombardment and support operations immediately came under furious air attacks from Japanese kamikaze aircraft. On 27 March 1945, the destroyers USS Murray (DD 576) and USS O’Brien (DD 725) received damage from two of these relentless assaults.
#Okinawa75 #WWII75

Learn more about the Battle for Okinawa at:
https://go.usa.gov/xdtpF

On March 29, we join the nation in celebrating National Vietnam War Veterans Day.We’re proud to honor the service and sa...
03/27/2020

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/

03/27/2020
USS Constitution

#HappeningNow It's not too late to jump on board this live tour of the #USSConstitution!

Join us for a virtual tour of USS Constitution! We have two knowledgeable Sailors to answer your questions! Ask in the comment section!

From the Pearl Harbor attack to the Japanese surrender, more than 400,000 U.S. service members were killed during World ...
03/27/2020

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

Homeschool is in session with Naval History & Heritage Command! In today's lesson plan, you can build and maneuver your ...
03/27/2020

Homeschool is in session with Naval History & Heritage Command! In today's lesson plan, you can build and maneuver your own submarine with your elementary-aged learner.

Using just a few common household items, students will learn about the principle of buoyancy and how submarines use it to dive and ascend in water. Be creative and don't forget to share a photo of your finished product below!

Explore the world of U.S. Navy submarines with this lesson plan and more at https://go.usa.gov/xvqWU.

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 co...
03/26/2020

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

03/26/2020
USS Constitution

#happeningnow

Join us for a virtual tour of USS Constitution! We have two knowledgeable Sailors to answer your questions! Ask in the comment section!

Did you or a family member serve in Vietnam?We believe the service of those who came before us should be celebrated and ...
03/26/2020

Did you or a family member serve in Vietnam?

We believe the service of those who came before us should be celebrated and remembered, so we're looking for pictures of Navy Vietnam War-era veterans in honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29th.

Please message us with a picture of them in uniform and a brief story of their service. Pictures and stories need to be submitted by March 26th.

Did you or a family member serve in Vietnam?We believe the service of those who came before us should be celebrated and ...
03/25/2020

Did you or a family member serve in Vietnam?

We believe the service of those who came before us should be celebrated and remembered, so we're looking for pictures of Navy Vietnam War-era veterans in honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29th.

Please message us with a picture of them in uniform and a brief story of their service. Pictures and stories need to be submitted by March 26th.

As schools remained closed throughout much of the country due to COVID-19, the Naval History & Heritage Command is shari...
03/25/2020

As schools remained closed throughout much of the country due to COVID-19, the Naval History & Heritage Command is sharing lesson plans designed to challenge young learners.

Originally designed for use in the classroom, these elementary through high school skills-based lesson plans have everything needed to teach and learn from home, including engaging activities, fillable worksheets, and instructor guides.

Get started now: https://go.usa.gov/xdSuV

03/25/2020
Surface Force Atlantic

Recently, the Sailors and crew aboard USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB-4) had the pleasure of hosting their namesake, Medal of Honor recipient CWO-4 (ret.) Hershel "Woody" Williams. Williams visited the ship the day before the commissioning ceremony in Norfolk, Va.

What they thought would be a surprise to him turned out to be an even bigger surprise for the ship.

The Sailors and crew of the USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB-4) had the pleasure of being visited by their namesake, Medal of Honor recipient CWO-4 (ret.) Hershel "Woody" Williams. Williams visited the ship the day before the commissioning ceremony in Norfolk, Va.
What they thought would be a surprise to him turned out to be an even bigger surprise for the ship.

Williams received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima. This day and event marks two reasons to remember: 75 years since the Battle of Iwo Jima and today is National Medal of Honor Day. The extraordinary valor and heroism shown during the battle was commended with 27 Medals of Honor presented to Sailors and Marines, more than any other battle in U.S. history.

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams ESB-4, Blue Crew
USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams Gold Crew
Naval History & Heritage Command

#NationalMedalOfHonorDay #IwoJima75 #WWII75 #UncommonValor

(U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Darien Kenney)

03/25/2020
USS Constitution

USS Constitution

Join us for a virtual tour of USS Constitution! We have two knowledgeable Sailors to answer your questions! Ask in the comment section!

Each year on March 25 we observe National Medal of Honor Day. The date is significant, as it is the day the first Medals...
03/25/2020

Each year on March 25 we observe National Medal of Honor Day. The date is significant, as it is the day the first Medals of Honor were presented in 1863 to six of the 22 men known as Andrews’ Raiders for their participation in the Great Locomotive Chase during the Civil War.

Although originally awarded for both combat and non-combat heroism, the Medal of Honor today is presented for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty.

On this Medal of Honor Day, learn more about the history of the medal and those who have sacrificed so much for our nation: https://go.usa.gov/xdSMA

#WomensHistoryMonth Today, as we continue to recognize inspirational women from our Navy's history, we highlight the acc...
03/24/2020

#WomensHistoryMonth Today, as we continue to recognize inspirational women from our Navy's history, we highlight the accomplishments of Susan Morrisey Livingstone, who has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to serving her country in both government and civic roles.

In July 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Livingstone to be Under Secretary of the Navy, an office she held until January 2003. From January to February 2003 she served as acting Secretary of the Navy, making her the first woman to become Secretary of the Navy.

Learn more about her life of service: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/research-guides/modern-biographical-files-ndl/modern-bios-l/livingstone-susan-morrisey.html

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Hi there, can anyone help identify the man in this photo? The caption says it's RADM Combs of the USN during the Vietnam War in 1967, but I can't find anything to verify his identity, so I'm suspicious it could be an error.
Salute to other great ships.... 2 of them...USNS Comfort in NY and the USNS Mercy in LA (pictured)🇺🇸
Searching for my biological father some one helpe please his name is Jerry Harris and he was stationed on the Algiers base in 1974-75 I was born in 1975 my mother Louella Carter was working there when she meet him my # is 504 2298086 Kedrick
HI, MY NAME IS KEDRICK CARTER IM 44 YEARS OLD. IN 1975-76 MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER WAS STATIONED IN ALGIERS LA. ON THE NAVY BASE. ALL I KNOW IS HIS NAME JERRY HARRIS AND HE SHOULD BE ABOUT 60-65 YEARS OLD. I NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE AND I WOULD LIKE TO MEET HIM. MY MOTHER PASS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO (LOUELLA CARTER) SHE WORKED ON THE BASE AS A HOUSEKEEPER WHEN SHE BECAME PREGNANT WITH ME AND THEY BROKE UP I WAS BORN MAY 20 1975. PLEASE HELP ME FIND MY FATHER THANK YOU
A nice video about Annapolis, its Naval Academy, Georges Washington, Marquis de Lafayette and Count de Rochambeau.
Always Regards from India.
great video from the flight deck of the uss eisenhower!
If you’ll be in Northwest Florida in May, join us. Mark your calendar...
No meow in the mix: USS Monitor conservators don't find bones of black cat inside turret guns.
Scott Freund
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