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The Sullivan Brothers Tragedy and the Assignment of Family Members

The Sullivan Brothers Tragedy and the Assignment of Family Members

Information from Naval History and Heritage Command.  All five of the Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, were tragically killed in action on November 13, 1942 while serving aboard USS Juneau (CL-52). The death of the brothers was the biggest blow to any one...

Flag Day

Flag Day

Information from the Naval History and Heritage Command and the National Museum of the United States Navy. What is Flag Day and why does the United States celebrate it on June 14?  On this date in 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the design for its...

The Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy

The Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy

By the Naval History and Heritage Command. The history of the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy parallels the history of the Navy itself. During the past century-and-a-half, chaplains of the Navy have shared the hardships and rewards that come to other naval personnel...

The Battle of Midway

The Battle of Midway

By Naval History and Heritage Command Strategic Background and the Role of Communications Intelligence Following the outbreak of the Pacific War in December 1941, the Japanese armed forces conducted military operations against U.S., British Commonwealth, and Dutch...

Pearl Harbor Ablaze Again: The West Loch Disaster

Pearl Harbor Ablaze Again: The West Loch Disaster

By Naval History and Heritage Command.  May 21, 1944 Pearl Harbor contains three subareas, or “lochs,” named East, Middle, and West. On Dec. 7, 1941, East and Middle Lochs exploded in flames during the Japanese air attacks that brought the United States into World War...

U.S. Navy Signal Flags and Their Meaning

U.S. Navy Signal Flags and Their Meaning

Even in these days of radio and satellite communications, the U.S. Navy uses the international alphabet flags, numeral pennants, numeral flags, and special flags and pennants for visual signaling. These signal flags are used to communicate while maintaining radio...

Phonetic Alphabet and Signal Flags

Phonetic Alphabet and Signal Flags

Article from Naval History and Heritage Command. A phonetic alphabet is a list of words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone. Spoken words from an approved list are substituted for letters. For example, the word "Navy" would be...

The Navy’s Role in the Popularity of Baseball

The Navy’s Role in the Popularity of Baseball

Article from the Naval History and Heritage Command. As the weather gets warmer and fans return to the ballpark this month, there is always hope that this year could be the year your team takes home the World Series trophy. The crack of the bat. The green grass....

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