A Time To Pause and Reflect -
Memorial Day Tributes
As the weather begins to heat up and May comes to an end, remember to pause for a moment, before heating up the grill or heading outside, to honor and remember those who have given their lives in service to the United States.
The U.S. Navy Celebrates Asian-American Pacific Islander Month -
The history of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders' service to the United States stretches back to the 19th century, beginning with the U.S. Navy's presence in East Asia in the 1830s. Its mission was to protect U.S. interests during maritime trading wars. Many American ships that patrolled the region included sailors of Chinese descent who protected American vessels and diplomats in the region.
Armed Forces Day -
This month we take the time to thank our military members for serving and remember the veterans who sacrificed so much for their country.
USS Winston Churchill -
Why the Navy named a ship after a British prime minister
In 2001, the Navy commissioned its 18th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81). The ship is currently the only vessel in the fleet that honors a foreigner. Here are a few reasons why.
Medal of Honor Recipient -
Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
The last living Navy Medal of Honor recipient from the Korean War was laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), April 4.
What is a Chief? -
125 Years of Leading and Mentoring
April 1, 1893 is the birthdate of the rank of chief petty officer, as established by General Order 409. This date marks the start of entrusting senior first class petty officers to become something more, to serve as subject matter experts and trainers.
Leading the Way -
Uniformed Women of Yesterday
During the First World War, something unheard of happened when it came to the progress of women in the United States. They were officially allowed to enlist in the Navy. Since then, women have been paving the way in the military forces. From World War I to the conflicts of today, women have done their part. Here are the stories of two of those women.
The History of a Classic -
Remembering the WWII WAVE Uniform
Ask female veterans why they joined the military during World War II, and they'll list many of the same reasons women do today: They wanted to serve their country. They wanted new and better opportunities. They wanted to support family members in uniform.
Calculating the Future -
STEM Pioneer Gladys West Overcomes Segregation
When you need directions or want to find a restaurant in a new town, you turn your location on, type the name into your phone's search engine and, within seconds, your destination is ready for you. The days of struggling with a map are long gone. You can thank Gladys West for that.
John Glenn -
An American Legend
Marine Colonel John Glenn donned his space suit, preparing to launch into space with one mission: becoming the first American to go into orbit. He blasted off in in a ball of fire and a cloud of smoke, Feb. 20, 1962, aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft, circled the Earth three times and landed in the history books.
Hail to the Chief -
Six Naval Officers Who Became President
This Presidents Day, All Hands looks at the service records of six Navy men who went on to become president. All but one served in World War II. Several were commended for heroism.
USS Mason -
All-Black Crew Overcomes Racism to Save WWII Convoy
Sailors called the storm the worst of the century, perhaps recorded history. Frigid, 50-foot waves rocked Convoy NY 119, tossing Navy ships and Army tugboats alike into the air like toy boats. It went on for days in October 1944, the type of weather to make even seasoned mariners turn green while calling on the gods and patron saints of the sea for protection.
Breaking Down the Walls of Segregation -
Veterans Remember First All-Black Navy Band
"Get out of our town! You don't belong here!" Despite the hostile response they received from some of the audience when marching down the streets of segregated southern towns, the 44-member, all-black ensemble of professional musicians played on, braving the insults and missiles violently hurled at them.
47th Anniversary of the Apollo 14 Lunar Landing
More than 230,000 miles from home, a lunar module gently touches down on the surface of the moon. Outside, temperatures can range from 387 below zero to 253 F. Men who have been among the privileged few to set foot on its rocky surface talk about the stillness, the hush, the isolation, the vastness, the velvety blackness, the jaw-dropping rise of the milky blue marble known as Earth. The moon, they say, is unforgettable.
Long May I Live -
Arlington National Cemetery
I awake each morning to the sun rising over our nation's capital. My rolling hills rise above the Potomac River, symbolizing service and an ultimate sacrifice to our country.
Why we Remember -
11 Things to Know About MLK
1. Martin Luther King Jr. was actually born Michael King Jr. on Jan. 15, 1929. In 1934, his father, pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and was inspired by Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.
Day of Infamy -
A Survivor Remembers Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941 dawned an ordinary Sunday for now-retired Lt. James "Jim" Downing. He and his wife of five months had invited a few other Sailors to breakfast, and were sitting around the table when they heard explosions. Boom. Boom. Boom. They could see smoke in the distance, across the island of Oahu.
75 Years of Federal Service -
Celebrating a remarkable career milestone
Sarkis Tatigian's contributions to the Department of the Navy span more than seven decades.
The Navy at Guadalcanal -
Series of Naval Engagements Ends 75 Years Ago
The bombs landed on the ships and in the water, fast and furious, the dark night sky lit up like the Fourth of July. Sailors ran to and fro, manning their battle stations, returning the barrage, putting out fires, dragging wounded shipmates to safety.
Military Family Appreciation Month -
Honoring families who support their service members
Every November, Americans take time to honor and remember those who have given so much for their country. November is not only a month to appreciate veterans who served, but also to thank the military families who support their service members through thick and thin.
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Celebrates 40th Birthday -
6 Things You Need to Know About Ike
1. IKE was commissioned October 18, 1977, under the command of Capt. William E. Ramsey. Her first Mediterranean Sea deployment began in 1978 after 14 months of fleet training.
Remembering the Great War -
5 Key Naval Innovations
One hundred years ago, convoys of troop ships, protected by U.S. Navy escorts, began to regularly arrive "over there" in France, transporting waves of American ground troops to join the Allies and fight the Kaiser in the churning bloodbath that was trench warfare. And while the Great War may not be remembered as a great naval war, it did lead to a number of advancements and innovations that would change warfare and the Navy forever.
Happy Birthday, Navy -
242 years of service
October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress, "Resolved, That a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months, and that the commander be instructed to cruize eastward, for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies, and for such other purposes as the Congress shall direct."*
Lessons Learned -
USS Cole survivors on the importance of training
As the sun set in Aden, Yemen, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, Sailors aboard USS Cole (DDG 67), were exhausted, hot, hungry, covered in soot and even dried blood. Many of them carried scrapes and burns and bruises from the explosion that had rocked the ship at 11:18 that morning. Most were still shocked and grief stricken from losing 17 shipmates to terrorism. All were on alert, afraid a second attack could occur at any moment.
Returning to USS Cole: -
Survivors recount stories of terror and heroism
The explosion was sudden, violent, deafening, so intense that 8,500 tons of steel lifted out of the water and crashed back down. The very metal of the ship shimmered and rippled in front of their eyes, remembered survivors. The force of it threw retired Master Chief Sonar Technician Paul Abney out of his chair and sent a shipmate flying over his head. Then, everything went black.
Pursuit of Perfection -
Life of a Ceremonial Guardsman
Petty Officer 3rd Class Austin Reed stands focused, his uniform spotless.
Remembering the Arctic Convoys: -
Sailors, Merchant Marines Undertake Perilous Journeys During World War II
When Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II, Great Britain acquired an unusual and precarious ally.
The Road to Anchors -
Advice from a World War II-era chief
Retired Chief Photographer's Mate Joe Renteria has lived an extraordinary life, a life that began in 1917 and saw him rise up and forge his grit, leadership and determination in the throes of the Second World War. At 100 years-old, he still walks with the confidence and gait of a much younger man.
The Rockets' Red Glare: -
How a war, a tattered flag and a lawyer created the national anthem
The opening notes are immediately recognizable: Played before almost every sporting event in America, it is a song rich with American history and a song that encompasses the American spirit of patriotism: The national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
A Legacy of Valor: -
USS Somerset Honors Heroes of 9-11's Flight 93
Shock. Horror. Grief. The nation watched in disbelief, Sept. 11, 2001, as planes slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The Grey Ghost: -
Examining the Future of USS Clamagore
An American flag flies above the charcoal gray, decommissioned Cold War-era submarine, USS Clamagore (SS 343). The sub idly sits, sun-faded in the Charleston, South Carolina harbor as saltwater eats at it, causing orange rust and corrosion.
75 Years of Navy Women: -
17 Things You Should Know About the WAVES
Early in World War II, confronting enemies on two fronts, the U.S. military faced a serious manpower shortage. It turned, somewhat reluctantly, to women. As yeoman (F) in the Navy during World War I, women had already proved themselves capable of taking over support and administrative jobs, thereby freeing men for combat.
Fire Aboard Ship: -
Remembering USS Forrestal Fire, 50 Years Later
Fire! Fire! Surrounded by water, but with nowhere to go, no way to escape, Sailors on USS Forrestal (CVA 59) watched in horror for one split second as flames began to engulf their ship, July 29, 1967. They jumped into action, but then came explosion after explosion, fireball after fireball.
The Power of a Single Story -
Cadets preserve veterans' history
The date was May 28, 1959, and the Cold War was simmering. Russia boasted of missile superiority over the U.S., and Fidel Castro had risen to power in Cuba. Spies on both sides were everywhere.
One Hundred Years in the Making: -
The Birth of Military Sea Transportation Service
In 1946, the new chiefs of the Navy and Army, Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz and General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower, sat down to discuss a situation that had plagued their commands throughout the Second World War.
Honoring a Legend: -
The Man Behind USS John Finn
Before it went down in infamy, December 7, 1941 dawned an ordinary, lazy Sunday in Hawaii.
Remembering MA1 Zamarripa -
With a dream to serve we look on MA1's service to his country and city
Sense of service and dedication are qualities often overlooked until they are no longer in front of you. This is a lesson military families know all too well, one that was brought home to the city of Dallas, July 7, 2016.
Old Glory Turns 241: -
3 Ways the Navy Helped Design the American Flag
The Star Spangled Banner; the Stars and Stripes; the Red, White and Blue; Old Glory - first adopted June 14, 1777, the American flag has been a symbol of freedom ever since those dark days of revolution. This Flag Day, All Hands looks at the Navy's role in the evolution of the national standard.
Where One Sailor Stands Alone -
Lone Sailor Orlando
Standing in the shadow of one of the country's most famous vacation destinations, a robust Sailor gazes out toward a field where hundreds of thousands of Sailors have stood before him.
A Battle that Changed History
The roar was deafening. The black, billowing smoke could be seen for miles.
The Last Patrol: -
Finding closure in the deep
Water gently slapped the bodies of two boats standing alone on a dark, indefinite plane. It was a rare occasion for the usually turbulent shallow waters of the Gulf of Siam, but that night, the world was still and clear, and the moon provided ample illumination. The sloshing water was the only audible sound for miles.
Honoring the Fallen: -
9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Memorial Day
The history of Memorial Day.
Honoring Our Father's Legacy -
Two sons whose strength and courage lie rooted in memories of their dad
How does a man honor a father he knows more from other people's memories than from personal experience? How does a man honor a father who looms so large in his thoughts and dreams, yet who occupied so little time in his life?
Overcoming Tragedy: -
Homeport leaders remember the aftermath of USS Stark attack
Sunday, May 17, 1987, was quiet and sleepy on Naval Station Mayport, Florida. Families probably went to church, to the beach or the playground. They caught up on their chores. They prepared for the week ahead.
Battle of the Coral Sea -
Laying the Foundation for Pacific Dominance
Billows of dark grey smoke filled the Hawaiian skies. With ships toppled over and aircraft in ruins, it was like a grave site. At about 8:10 that morning, Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese had dropped a 1,800-bomb through the deck of the battle ship USS Arizona (BB 39).
Doolittle and His Raiders Pt. 2: -
A One-Way Trip
USS Hornet (CV 8) steamed out of San Francisco Bay, April 2, 1942, with 16 modified B-25 Mitchell bombers and about 200 men led by Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle.
Doolittle and His Raiders Pt. 1: -
80 Brave Men and Shangri-la
The deck of USS Hornet (CV 8), code named "Shangri-la," pitched and rolled in the swells of the Western Pacific Ocean. Sixteen B-25B Mitchell medium bombers were preparing for a historic takeoff - 467 feet and no room for error.
Where One Sailor Stands Alone -
Lone Sailor Fort Lauderdale
A Sailor stands tall and strong in the heat of the South Florida sun. He seems to pause in his march along a red brick path to look out across a river. This Sailor embodies honor, courage and commitment. Standing a quiet but vital watch, this "Lone Sailor" represents all Sailors - past, present and future.
The Navy in the Great War: The U.S. Joins World War I -
A time of technological innovation
Throughout World War I, then known as the Great War, German U-boats stalked the U.S. coastline, playing cat-and-mouse with passenger and merchant ships that crossed the Atlantic to supply the Allies.
"50 Years of Leadership" -
MCPON rank turns 50
Fifty years ago, "All Hands" magazine highlighted 11 men as the "cream of the crop," calling them the top enlisted men of the Navy.
Navy Women and World War I: -
A Legacy of Service
Lieutenant Cmdr. Joy Bright Hancock walked down the hallway of the Navy headquarters building on Constitution Avenue in D.C., her head held high.
Women in a Man's Navy -
First women enlist in 1917
Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Sailors marched up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in May 1919, their spotless blue uniforms starched to a crisp, their covers carefully strapped beneath their chins as they celebrated the recent victory in Europe.
The Sting of the Bee: -
75 Years of the Navy Seabee
The Seabees, affectionately called "Dirt Sailors," have been present in every war and conflict since World War II. But these tough men and women do more than build latrines and airstrips; they are also trained to defend what they build. Throughout 2017, the Navy will celebrate 75 years of the Seabees, their mettle and their "can do" spirit.
Remembering a Lost Hero -
Black Medal of Honor recipient rediscovered after some 130 years
December 26, 1872, the day after Christmas - the weather in Norfolk was bitter cold, with sleet and a gale-force wind. Aboard USS Powhatan, a sidewheel steamer commissioned in 1852, it was particularly unpleasant, with a wet, slippery deck, and a dangerous pitch.
The Fighting Field Music -
Medal of Honor Recipient lives on in USS Cole
The guns roared, Feb. 19, 1945, as wave after wave of Marines assaulted the shores of a tiny, 8-square-mile island in the Pacific, a dot so small it was barely visible on a map.
Goodbye to a Legend -
Navy pilot Gene Cernan, last man on the moon, dies
Astronaut and Navy Capt. Eugene "Gene" Cernan blasted off for a final time and touched the stars last week, dying in Houston, Jan. 16, at the age of 82. He will be laid to rest today.
Stories from World War II: -
WWII Navy Nurse recalls her time treating wounded Sailors
In the quiet town of Earleville, Maryland a woman with poise and grace celebrated a quiet 94th birthday, a day after the U.S. saw its largest attack, a day that would live in infamy.
Reflections and Leis: -
Pearl Harbor 75 years later
A small white boat gently glides across the almost still waters of Pearl Harbor towards a white swooped rectangle-shaped building that appears to almost hover over the water, the USS Arizona Memorial.
A Day That You Never Forget -
Stories from Pearl Harbor
Adam Romero, a young Sailor stationed in Pearl Harbor the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, joined the Navy during peacetime. Following initial training, he reported to destroyer tender USS Dobbin (AD 3) in search of opportunity and adventure.
A Machine Gunner's Story During The Pearl Harbor Attack -
Stories from Pearl Harbor
Ray Emory, a seaman first class stationed aboard light cruiser USS Honolulu (CL 48) the morning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, remembered reading the morning paper by his bunk when the general quarters alarm sounded.
Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary -
Remembering the attack that led the U.S. into WWII
Two waves of attacking planes. Taken by surprise. A date which will live in infamy.
Identifying the Unknown -
One Pearl Harbor survivor's mission
Decades after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, as many Sailors and Marines laid in graves marked "unknown", one man made it his mission to identify them.
Pearl Harbor's Oldest Survivor Recalls the Attack -
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning retired Chief Raymond Chavez's story
December 7, 1941, was like any other day for Seaman Raymond Chavez. He was at the helm of the minesweeper USS Condor (AMC 14), conducting routine sweeps off the coast of Pearl Harbor, Hi.
If These Walls Could Talk: -
The John Paul Jones House
"I have not yet begun to fight!" The immortal words Captain John Paul Jones yelled from the deck of USS Bonhomme Richard while waging war at sea with HMS Serapis during the American Revolution.
Living the Creed -
Navy celebrates 241 years of service
The "Sailor's Creed" was written by a "Blue Ribbon Recruit Training Panel" in 1993 at the direction of Adm. Frank Kelso, former Chief of Naval Operations. Since then it has become a staple in Navy culture, often recited like a pledge of allegiance, reminding all service members of whom they are, and why they serve.
America's Sailors: -
For 241 Years - Tough, Bold and Ready
George Washington, John Barry, John Paul Jones and Benjamin Franklin are among those considered as the Fathers of the U.S Navy.
Of Medals and Mettle: -
The Men of World War II
My father, Bert Bishop, exemplified much of what characterizes the people Tom Brokaw dubbed "The Greatest Generation." Stubborn, skinny, and hardworking, he first enlisted in the Army, then transferred to the Navy to "see the world."
Taking the Helm -
Boxer Sailor becomes first female master helmsman in a decade
When the Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) set sail Feb. 12, many of them set goals to accomplish during deployment. Seaman Gabrielle Connelly, a junior Sailor in deck department, recently accomplished her goal to become the first female to qualify as master helmsman aboard Boxer in the past decade.
From Humble Beginnings -
Happy 4th of July
Our nation was founded with the blood, sweat and tears of our founding fathers and the men and women they led. After our independence our nation was built and made even stronger by the families who immigrated to the new nation, the United States of America.
Turning the Tide: Part Three -
Against all odds
Not a single ship was in sight. The steady rumble of the SBD Dauntless' props churned through the calm Pacific clouds 15,000 feet above. All they could see was blue.
Turning the Tide: Part Two -
Timing is everything
The intelligence had confirmed it: the Japanese were going to attack Midway. An ambush would certainly give the U.S. the tactical advantage so desperately needed, but it in no way guaranteed a victory - let alone the military superiority needed to hold off the massive, battle-tested Japanese fleet.
Turning The Tide: Part One -
United States military cracks the code
Only six months had passed, yet it felt like an eternity. This, after all, was America: unstoppable.
From Sea To Granite Sea -
The Blessing of the Fleets
Bright sun beating down, the air so still you could almost hear a pin drop as two Sailors from the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard and a pair of Marines from Marine Barracks Washington, their dress blues crisp, immaculate, eyes forward, in perfect unison march across the plaza toward the "Granite Sea."
Always Anchored -
A family's tradition of deckplate leadership
Ask any Genuine Chief - we LOVE this time of year (and of course later in the summer).
A Corsair Comes Home -
A fighter-bomber's recovery
Near the end of World War II most carrier aircraft that flew missions over Japan would strike their targets and return. Generally those that didn't come back after a mission never would, but for one Corsair coming back just took a little longer.
Flying as a WASP -
Women pilots set the standard in 1943
Summer 1943, the battle for Europe rages on. The United States and their allies are fighting on all fronts pushing Hitler's Third Reich back into Germany, liberating parts of France along the way.
An Irish Handshake -
Connecting to the past
St. Patrick's Day was always enthusiastically celebrated by my late father, Tom Brosnihan, who gleefully embraced any chance to reconnect with his Irish roots.
Crossed Anchors, Dedicated Sailors -
The backbone of the Navy
A loud crack shattered the tense air like a bullwhip as metal met metal. The hammer stood upright again for only a second, as if holding its breath, and fell on the pelican hook. With a final heave, the boatswain's mate knocked the stopper loose.
Honor and Balsam: Wreaths Across America -
Remembering the sacrifices veterans gave to our nation
Nestled in the tiny old seafaring New England village of Columbia Falls, Maine, lies a forest of over 5,000 acres of Balsam fir trees.
USS New York BB 34, LPD 21: Generations Apart but Forever Bound -
Two Sailors talk of the difference 70 years makes
It's early December 1944. The United States has left three years of war in its wake since the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor.
The Arizona - Hawaii's Ocean Front Property -
Memorial draws more than 1.8 million visitors a year
The Seabees said it best when they sang "and we promise to remember, the 7th of December."
Hold Fast - Part 3 -
Into the gut of Beirut
Clint Suggs, still blindfolded, was forced into a seat next to Tony Watson in coach. "Clint, are you okay?" Tony whispered. "Tony. They just shot Bob."
Hold Fast - Part 2 -
The Darkest Day
The pistol's barrel pressed firmly against his head. Tony Watson knew he was about to die. "This is it," he thought as the adrenaline began to rush. "You diplomat?" screamed the hijacker holding Tony's passport.
Taking Care of His Own -
Navy vet tends to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Veterans Day serves as a time to celebrate and honor American veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the preservation and protection of the nation. For some veterans, taking time to honor and remember those who served is a way of life.
Hold Fast - Part 1 -
Six Navy Divers of UCT 1 and Their Unimaginable Ordeal
It was another typical early spring morning at the Underwater Construction Team ONE headquarters in Little Creek, Va., when Bobby Stethem reported for duty.
Hidden in Plain Sight -
The Art and Science of Ship Camouflage
When it comes to color on a ship these days, it's like Henry Ford's famous quip: You can have any color as long as it's haze gray.
In Harm's Way -
Displaying the Navy's role in WWII
The U.S. Navy Museum boasts the largest and most comprehensive exhibit detailing the Navy's role in World War II. Divided into the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters, and the Home Front, it follows in chronological order from Pearl Harbor to the victories in Europe and Japan.
Chief Through it All -
Legalman honored in chief pinning ceremony
Aundra Howard sat in the first of 12 long rows of folding chairs, his Navy uniform meticulously pressed, family members sitting on his left and right.
240 Years of Maritime Excellence -
Celebrating the Navy's Birthday
240 years ago, a group of rebels, calling themselves the Continental Congress, did the unthinkable. They approved the formation of a navy. A navy that in less than five years would help topple the mightiest empire the world had ever seen.
Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always -
Celebrating the 240 Year of Tradition of Operational Readiness
As the Navy approaches its 240th year of operating both at home and forward, focus is brought once again to people platforms, and partnerships. The Navy can respond faster, remain on station longer, and carry out mission without needing anyone else's permission.
Giants Among Heroes -
Prisoner of War Speaks on Eight Years in Captivity
The sky is blue, the sun is bright, and the Sailors manning the rails are gleaming in their dress whites. On the pier, between USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), the official party approaches the stage.
Last of its Kind -
Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigates Sail into Naval History
For the first time in almost 38 years, there will be no Oliver Hazard Perry (OHP) Frigate on the fleet rolls of the United States Navy. The USS Simpson (FFG 56) was decommissioned in her homeport of Mayport, Florida, Sept. 29, and represented the last frigate in the Navy's inventory.
The Final Inning for Yogi Berra -
Navy Hero and Baseball great dies at 90
You could find him sitting with his arms and legs crossed, waiting to bat - Like a Yogi. Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra, A 15-time All Star, who famously said, "It ain't over till it's over," passed away Sep. 22 at 90 years old. But it ain't over. Not by a long shot.
Rebuilding Battleship Missouri Teak -
Wood working volunteers rebuild the teak deck of USS Missouri (BB-63).
"Teak" sounds descriptive of some nice furniture - perhaps a dining table - not a word associated with the survivability of a Navy warship.
Hurricane Katrina: Witness to Recovery -
Navy photographer Jeremy Grisham tells the story of Hurricane Katrina through his lens.
My name is MC2 (SW/AW) Jeremy Grisham and I was first Navy photographer to fly into New Orleans the day after Katrina hit. Even working at CNN today, the images I captured and the stories I was able to convey during Katrina are still one of my greatest accomplishments.
Remembering Marvin Shields -
Seabees around the world remember the heroic actions of Medal of Honor recipient Marvin Shields.
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest hosted a commemoration ceremony to honor the 50th anniversary of Medal of Honor recipient Marvin Shields' heroic actions in Vietnam.
Katrina: 10 Years Later -
Relief efforts through the eyes of the Skipper
On the 29th of August 2005, having ravaged South Florida on its way through the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States, leaving a wake of massive destruction and devastation of Biblical proportions across an area reaching from the western panhandle of Florida to Louisiana.
Survivors of the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis -
More than a monologue
The sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA 35) has solidified itself in popular culture in the form of a four and a half minute monologue performed by Robert Shaw in the movie Jaws.
On Hallowed Ground -
CG 64 Sailors honor their ship's namesake
"We cannot escape history." Although these words were uttered by President Abraham Lincoln during his annual message to Congress on December 1, 1862, this message rang true for Sailors from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) during their trip to Gettysburg, Pa.
From Murph: The Protector to USS Michael Murphy: The Destroyer -
A decade later, we still remember
"We had positioned ourselves in an area where we thought no one was going to walk on top of us," said Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell, as he describes Operation Red Wings, which took place June 28, 2005 and killed three of his teammates including Lt. Michael Murphy. "And sure enough, about two hours later, they did."
Memories From That Tiny Atoll 73 Years Later -
The Battle of Midway
Only six months had passed, yet it felt like an eternity. This, after all, had been Teddy Roosevelt's America: unstoppable.
Memorial Day 2015 -
Gold Star Pin Awareness
The small white fabric hangs in the window. A simple star is all that adorns it. To the trained eye this is not a decoration, it's a declaration - this home has a loved one "over there" fighting.
Family Legacies Unite At the Quarterdeck of the Navy -
A chance encounter at RTC showcases the rich history of the Navy
Throughout a Navy career, worlds often collide in surprising ways. Occasionally, paths cross in a manner that is truly amazing. I recently experienced an astonishing twist of fate at the Navy Recruit Training Command.
Once Enemies, Now Friends -
70th Anniversary of Iwo Jima Brings Survivors Back to the Island
The Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II absorbed tens of thousands of lives. Nearly 7,000 Americans and 22,000 Japanese died in the 36 days of fighting. Although the island currently has no permanent residents, the remains of thousands of American and Japanese soldiers still inhabit the Island.
Doolittle Raid -
73rd Anniversary of the Raid on Tokyo
Less than 300 feet. Could this really work? It had barely succeeded in practice runs (and those were from the comforts of Eglin Airfield's endless runway.) Now here they were, aboard the seemingly inadequate deck of the USS Hornet - pitching and heaving in the swells of the Pacific.
The Path of Solidarity -
Five Decades Later, the Hike Continues
The town of Jerez del Marquesado sits just at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the province of Granada, not far from the southern coast of Spain.
The Guardian of Naval History -
Unraveling the Story Behind Each Weapon
For some people, collecting weapons is not only a hobby but an obsession. For one staff member at the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) in Washington D.C., it's not only an obsession, but a paid gig.
Pi: Not Just a Number -
3.1415 on 3/14/15
Today is not just another Saturday. It's Pi Day. But it's not even just another Pi Day.
Pass This Copy Along -
Celebrating Two Years of All Hands Magazine Online
Budget. The sound of that word can be daunting, knowing that restrictions and tightening-up are just around the corner. For All Hands Magazine in 2011, it was a death sentence.
The Navy Reserve: 100 Years and Counting -
Ready then, ready now, ready always
"I never thought one weekend a month and two weeks a year could turn into 24 hours a day and 365 days a year so fast," said Cryptographic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Bobby Fleetwood.
Happy 100th Navy Reserve -
Message from Vice Adm. Robin Braun to the Reserve Force
As we mark the Navy Reserve Centennial, I want to thank all of you who serve - Sailors, civilians and families. Over the past century, the Navy Reserve has made tremendous contributions in both peacetime and war.
Fleet Beldo Talks National African-American History -
A Century of Black Life, History and Culture
Fleet Master Chief April Beldo reflects on the legacy of African Americans in the U.S. Navy and shares her own inspirational career story with All Hands Magazine.
An Image for the Ages -
Raising that Beautiful Flag
The flag was up. Old Glory, small as she seemed, was flapping proudly in the Pacific breeze atop Mt. Suribachi, the ancient volcano on the tiny island of Iwo Jima, claimed after four days of bloody fighting in February 1945.
Ghosts of Iwo Jima -
70 Years After the Battle Began
Deafening silence. Snow lightly dusts the branches of the Christmas trees on this cold, gray Galloway, New Jersey morning.
USS Shadwell: The Greatest Ship Never Known -
Out of the ashes into the fire
On the evening of January 24, 1945, about eight months before the end of World War II, USS Shadwell was sailing south of Siquijor Island in the Philippines when it was engaged by three enemy torpedo bombers.
USS Canopus Part 2: Far Behind Enemy Lines -
The tender gets orders no Sailor wants to hear
An eerie quiet fell over the harbor. The submarine tender USS Canopus sat dormant, and heavily listing - the enemy satisfied she had been sufficiently bombed out of action.
USS Canopus Part 1: Far Behind Enemy Lines -
Paradise to purgatory
For Randall Edwards, duty aboard the submarine tender USS Canopus (AS 9) could not have been sweeter. Although war had been raging in Europe for nearly three years, Edwards and his shipmates were as far from the front lines as possible - literally half a world away.
Documenting History Through the Eyes of Navy Photographers -
100 years, one moment
When a cook aboard USS Mississippi set foot on the shores of Naval Shipyard Pensacola in 1914, he had no idea that the photographs he took on his off-duty time would lay the groundwork for 100 years of Navy photography.
Donald Stratton -
USS Arizona Survivor
Donald Stratton's faded blue home is nearly indistinguishable from its neighbors. An American flag flies proudly in the yard, but that is normal for this community, which lies in the shadow of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Native American Navy Veteran Paved Way for Career Field, Honors Heritage -
For one female Navy pioneer, she continued to lead the way as the head woman dancer at a recent Native American Veterans Association Annual Veterans Appreciation and Heritage Day Pow Wow here.
He Flew Their Colors -
WWII Vet carries on flag ceremony to honor the fallen
Marvin Hume has a soft-spoken way about him. The Navy veteran's quiet afternoons now spent in the sleepy coastal town of Cape May, N.J. are a far cry from the deafening roars of Saipan 70 years earlier.
In the Company of Heroes -
The door of our van wasn't even finished closing in the parking lot of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in Washington, D.C. before Frank Lawrence began speaking.
Rope Yarn Wednesday -
USS Boxer Enjoys an Old Tradition
It's an early Wednesday morning, and a Sailor wipes a drip of sweat from his forehead as he finishes up maintenance on the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Indian Chief -
Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever
Each year since 1994, November has been the month to honor Native American and Alaska Natives. There are posters, themes and ceremonies centered on the history and heritage of these men and women. But behind the big stories of an entire race of people, are the people themselves, and their individual stories.
Mapping History -
Teams conduct 3D survey of USS Arizona and USS Utah
A mere few feet below the tranquil waters off Pearl Harbor's Ford Island, sit the silent remnants of one of the most devastating days in our history.
What's in a Name? -
The Story Behind USS Makin Island
While Hollywood continues to churn out fictional fantasies about futuristic wars, Special Forces operations, or superhero-esque spying organizations, few are capable of capturing the level of difficulty and insurmountable odds of the true story of the raiders of Makin Island.
Constitution Celebrates 217 Years -
Frigate sets sail one final time before 3-year restoration period
As the Navy prepares to say Happy 217th birthday to the USS Constitution, the ship embarked on its fifth and final Boston Harbor Underway demonstration until 2018.
The Face of the Navy - Sailors of the USS Constitution Part 3 -
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Randall King
Ready. Aim. Fire.
Sailors' Gift for the Navy's Birthday -
Celebrating 239 Years with an Attitude of Gratitude
All Hands Magazine wanted to find the perfect gift for the Navy's 239th birthday. It was a daunting task. After all, as the old saying goes, "What do you give someone who has everything?"
Boots to Roots - Sailors of the USS Constitution - Part 2 -
Seaman Ashley Maldonado
Navy boot camp prepared her to be a Sailor for the most modern and advanced Navy in the world. Then she got orders to the oldest warship afloat.
Sailing into History - Sailors of USS Constitution Part 1 -
Boatswain's Mate 1st Class William Sanchez
When he told the recruiter he wanted to be a history teacher, the recruiter suggested he become a Boatswain's Mate, a rating that existed at the formation of the US Navy.
Nimitz Sailors Remember 9/11 -
Reflections on one of America's most tragic days
History is a collection of single events, like puzzle pieces, which, when pieced together, paint a picture of a group of people, a nation, or a culture. School children learn about various pieces of their personal, cultural, global and national puzzle; history teachers lecture on how those pieces fit together to make one giant picture.
Bold Credible Leadership -
USS Missouri CPO Legacy Academy
Sept. 2, 1945. On the weathered decks of the battleship USS Missouri, Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz signs the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, officially ending World War II.
To be Worthy of Our Heritage -
Filling the shoes of those who came before
It's an old photo. It's one of those postcard portraits - the kind shot at any Midwestern Woolworths in the sepia-toned era of America's first year of World War II.
Clues On The Surface -
Investigating the past with technology of the future
In more than 17,000 ship and aircraft wrecks around the world, important stories are under water, waiting for a chance to be told.
Lunar Landing -
Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission
July 20, 1969. America, and the world for that matter, sits glued to televisions across the globe.
Celebrating Independence -
Featuring the Past
All Hands Magazine takes a look back at some of the Navy's Independence Day stories that have been shared throughout the years.
Preserving the Past -
The caretaking of USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD 850)
"It's a strange thing. They love the smell of the ship - all these destroyers have a unique smell. One of the first things they say when they come aboard is, 'I can smell it again. It's just like 1965'," said Richard Angelini, son of a former Sailor aboard the Kennedy and lead caretaker of the ship.
Beaches of Red - Part V -
Amphibious Operations in WWII
This is the last of a five part documentary series highlighting the development of the Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) and its use in amphibious operations in WWII.
Beaches of Red - Part IV -
Amphibious Operations in WWII
This is part four of a five part documentary series highlighting the development of the Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) and its use in amphibious operations in WWII.
Long May I Live -
The voice of the nation's most distinguished resting place
Every day, visitors walk the well-worn paths of our nation's historic sites and national treasures. Experience what it's like to be the resting place of more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families - Arlington National Cemetery.
Battleship Texas -
Sailors' stories from a day that changed the world
On June 6, 1944, D-Day, battleship USS Texas (BB 35) joined Operation Neptune in the Allied Invasion at Omaha Beach, Normandy. Listen as some of the Texas Sailors talk about that pivotal day.
Crows to Anchors -
2013 Sailor of the Year Recipients
The 2013 Sailor of the Year winners were meritoriously advanced to Chief Petty Officer during a ceremony held at the Navy Memorial, May 22.
Beaches of Red - Part III -
Amphibious Operations in WWII
This is part three of a five part documentary series highlighting the development of the Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) and its use in amphibious operations in WWII.
One Family's Sacrifice -
The Story of the Sullivans
It was 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal, when a Japanese torpedo hit the port side of USS Juneau. The shock buckled the deck, shattered the fire control computers and knocked out power.
Beaches of Red - Part II -
Amphibious Operations in WWII
This is part two of a five part documentary series highlighting the development of the Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) and its use in amphibious operations in WWII.
Beaches of Red- Part I -
Amphibious Operations in WWII
This is part one of a five part documentary series highlighting the development of the Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) and its use in amphibious operations in WWII.
Reading the Seas -
How Walter Munk's Wave Prediction Method Helped Prepare for D-Day
Guests visiting Dr. Walter Munk's home may lose track of what they are visiting for, as they are captured not only by the beautiful panoramic ocean view, visible from the backyard, but also the art and memorabilia that fills the home.
Preserving Our Past for the Future -
Navy underwater archaeologist brings naval history to the surface
What most of us see as a rock, Kate Morrand sees as a piece of history.
Admiral Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. -
Navy to Christen DDG 1000 in Honor of Historic Leader
Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., the Navy's youngest Chief of Naval Operations and one of the most influential Sailors of the 20th Century, radically changed the face of the Navy as both a surface warrior and a social reformer.
121 Years of Deck Plate Leadership -
Celebrating the Chiefs
The Navy celebrated the 121st birthday of the chief petty officer April 1 at the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C.
121 Years of Excellence -
MCPON's Birthday Message to the Mess
Happy 121st Birthday Chiefs!
Celebrating Women's History Month -
Highlighting Women Who Supported the Fight
As the Navy celebrates Women's History Month this March, we take a look at women who have served and the contributions they have made over the years.
A Trip Through Time -
Managing the Navy's History Collections
They are part detective, part researcher, technology-savvy defenders with a smidgeon of enforcer. They are the curators of the collections management division at the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Preserving Old Ironsides -
A look at how one remote naval station keeps a national treasure shipshape
It's been quite a while since the days of iron men and wooden ships, but the nation's oldest Navy warship, USS Constitution, still serves as a reminder of America's maritime heritage.
Cover 2 Cover -
Join the Navy in celebrating women's history.
Women have served in the Navy for 106 years, and just like their covers, their roles as Sailors have evolved.
All Hands Celebrates a Year Online -
Going Strong 96 Years Later
On the anniversary of All Hands Magazine launching its online publication, the All Hands staff has made several upgrades to improve the usability, design and visual appeal of the site.
African American Firsts -
Paying Homage to Black History
The Navy joins our nation in celebrating the vibrant history and culture of African American and black Sailors during African American/Black History Month throughout the month of February.
A CPO Legacy: ATC Justin Kramer -
One Sailor's Path to Chief
This is a story about family, both personal and Navy. The chief petty officer mess is, at its core, about family. When you earn your anchors you become part of something bigger than yourself. You become a member of the CPO family.
Pearl Harbor Then and Now -
Pearl Harbor today compared to Dec. 7, 1941
Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii provided All Hands Magazine this unique look at areas of Pearl Harbor as they are now combined with how they looked on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
A Sailor's Dying Wish -
They Didn't Just Talk to Him, They Listened
After signing my Pop, EM2 Bud Cloud (circa Pearl Harbor) up for hospice care, the consolation prize I'd given him (for agreeing it was OK to die) was a trip to "visit the Navy in San Diego."
Honoring Service and Baseball -
Navy Chief Wins Inaugural Bob Feller Act of Valor Award
With three warfare pins, numerous qualifications and thousands of volunteer hours documented during his 27 years of naval service, Chief Hospital Corpsman Garth R. A. Sinclair is humbled and honored to be recognized alongside baseball legends Justin Verlander, Yogi Berra, and Bob Feller.
Made in the USN -
Haney's Series of Fortunate Events
Dr. Randall Haney, Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) was a fifth grade dropout. Born In 1948 in rural Alabama, Haney had an unstable and at times volatile youth.
Link to a Legacy -
Why One Sailor Chose to Volunteer at a Veteran's Home
Each week history is passed down and connections are made when young and old meet to play games, watch movies and share stories.
Revisiting the Past -
Vietnam Veteran Remembers and Reconnects
When Storekeeper 2nd Class Ray Bruder reported aboard river repair ship USS Krishna (ARL-38) during the Vietnam War, he wasn't sure what he would encounter.
More Than a Flag -
What Does the Flag Mean to You?
"When I see this flag, it reminds me of how fortunate I am to be American. I could have been born in Rwanda, so could have you. We all could have been. But I had the good fortune to be born an American. It's the most important thing in my life."
A Life of Honor and Commitment -
The Story of a Native American Who Proudly Served His Country During World War II
Honor. Courage. Commitment. These are the values on which the U.S. Navy was founded and built. Frank Watson, a Choctaw born in 1924 on his family's 160-acre government allotted farm land near Lone Grove, has lived these values from day one, so it seems fitting, almost destined, that he would someday become a Sailor.
Then & Now -
From the All Hands Magazine Archive
1954: Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio, the Navy was making leaps and bounds in carrier technology, and a young Sailor named Beecher Hyde was featured in All Hands Magazine.
Our Battalion -
Decommissioning of NMCB 24
"I hate to see it go. This has been a fantastic command for me and for many of the Seabees who have served here, but it's a force wide change and something we all have to get used to," said Capt. Ronald D. Gruzesky, Commanding Officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Two Four.
Any Other Monday -
Helping our Shipmates
Bertillia Lavern, a logistics management specialist at Naval Sea Systems Command, worked at building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard.
...From Where We Came -
Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus Host 13th Annual Chief Petty Officer Heritage Days
Hampton Roads area Chief Petty Officer selectees toured the battleship Wisconsin Aug. 20-21 as part of CPO Heritage Days sponsored by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus.
We Will Never Forget -
Twelve years later with war ongoing, the ultimate price is still being paid
All Hands remembers Draftsman 2nd Class Michael Noeth.
Operation Declassified -
Veteran receives Bronze Star with Valor for declassified mission
Not many people can say they served in three branches of the military, were involved in a war and two conflicts, provided care for a U.S. hostage for nine months in a foreign country and gave vital information that led to an Army "Delta Force" extraction.
SECNAV's Priorities -
People, Platforms, Power and Partnerships - The 4Ps and Why They Matter
Life of PT 305 -
Served Its Calling and Came Home
Many Sailors have a second and even a third career after their time in the Navy. Sometimes, so do the ships they served on. For PT 305, it's been a long journey from her days of naval service to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Resurrection of a Bee -
The story of how one construction battalion brought a naval icon back to life
The Bee's Knees - Excellent, of Highest Quality. Although there is no hard evidence to prove it, the phrase is said to have come from the process in which bees carry pollen back to the hive in sacs on their legs. The phrase alludes to the concentrated goodness to be found around a bee's knees.
NAS Oceana turns 70 -
70th Anniversary Celebrates History, Heritage of Oceana
In 1943, Franklin Roosevelt was president, the Pentagon was completed, first class stamps were 3 cents, the U.S. was in the middle of World War II, future rock star Mick Jagger was born, and on Aug. 17 of that year, Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Oceana was commissioned to support the flight training of naval aviators heading off to war.
Finding His Roots -
Reserve Sailor Returns to Roots in Philippines
The soles of his polished black boots hit each rung of the accommodation ladder with a clank. Each step is heavy with anticipation. He is departing from the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) to a place he hasn't been in 42 years and wasn't sure if he'd ever return to at all.
Pinning History -
USS Maine Officer Receives Piece of Submarine History
When Lt. j.g. Laura Martindale, one of the first women to qualify in submarines, completed her submarine warfare qualifications earlier this year on USS Maine, she knew she had earned the right to wear the traditional "dolphins" of a submariner.
U.S. Navy Corpsman Finally Laid to Rest -
After 46 years, a Sailor left in Vietnam returns home
Only one month shy of coming home from Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael B. Judd, a corpsman with Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, was aboard a CH-46A Sea Knight helicopter attempting to insert a team into hostile territory.
Our Father's Flag -
One family's journey to find a flag missing for more than 60 years.
Jerry Landrum and his family have been searching for their father's flag for nearly 50 years.
Ships Built to Scale -
The Role of the Models
Sailors in the U.S. Navy put in long hours to maintain and preserve their ships from the effects of the elements and time. They chip and paint, scrape and sand, and replace worn out parts to keep these national treasures in a constant state of readiness.
Heroes Among Us -
Honoring veterans in our nation's capital
The Honor Flight Network transported hundreds of veterans to the nation's capital in Washington D.C. June 4.
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars -
World War II-era Flag Flown at Navy base in Honor of Fallen Midway Sailor
A World War II-era flag that flew over Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), Dahlgren, Va., in honor of a Sailor on the 71st anniversary of his death at the Battle of Midway, was presented to his sister during a ceremony on base.
Honoring a Legacy -
Navy veteran gets unique surprise from 3rd graders
Never Forgotten -
Vietnam War Sailors Honored at Arlington
Living History -
A look at one World War II Sailor's commitment of service to the Navy
Operation Praying Mantis -
A Look Back at How U.S. Naval Forces Responded to Hostile Forces in the Arabian Gulf.
History of the Chief Petty Officer Grade -
120 years of deckplate leadership.
A Legacy of Service -
A look at one family's rich military heritage
It wasn't until the idea for this story came up that I gave much thought to how so many members of my family joined the military, and then ultimately, I really just wanted to find out how we ended up this way.
Monitor: After the Fight -
The Navy laid to rest the remains of two Sailors from USS Monitor during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Breaking the Barrier -
The story of the Navy's first African American submarine commanding officer
The Navy submarine community has an adage that says, "The number of surfaces must equal the number of dives." When submerged hundreds of feet beneath the sea, submarine Sailors have to put their differences, and sometimes even their rank, aside.
Monitor: A Naval Warfighting First -
See how USS Monitor was a game changer in how the Navy fought battles at sea.
On March 8, 1862, a dark shape emerged from Gosport Shipyard: the beast that was the CSS Virginia was on the prowl, surrounded by smaller Confederate ships like a pack of wolves trailing after the alpha wolf.