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Interactive exhibits commemorate our Navy’s wartime heroes and battles as well as peacetime contributions in exploration, diplomacy, navigation and humanitarian service. The Cold War Gallery, an annex museum to the main building is open to the public, during the week and by appointment. Access to the Museum is through the 11th and O Street, SE gate. Visitors without a Military ID or CAC Card will need to be processed through the Visitor's Center. All adults need to have a photo ID and drivers need proof of insurance and registration for vehicles. Weekend and Holiday access requires a Military ID, CAC Card, or to be pre vetted during the week at the Visitor's Center. For more information, please visit www.history.navy.mil/nmusn or call 202-433-2385. Disclaimer: This is the official web page for the National Museum of the United States Navy. We hope this will become a place where fans feel comfortable sharing information and experiences with one another. While this is an open forum, it is also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. Please be considerate of other fan's opinions. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. If you do not comply, your message will be removed. We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions, nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Such posts and/or links are subject to deletion. People who continue to post such content and/or links may be subject to page participation restrictions and/or removal from the page. We do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. Posting of external links on this site that are intended as advertising (or to drive traffic to websites unrelated to the U.S. Navy), or do not contribute to dialog and discussions about the U.S. Navy may be deleted. People who continue to post such links may be subject to page participation restrictions and/or removal from the page. External links do not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Department of Defense.

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#OTD 1942, Sue Dauser takes the oath of office as Superintendent of Navy Nurse Corps, becoming the first woman with the ...
12/22/2020

#OTD 1942, Sue Dauser takes the oath of office as Superintendent of Navy Nurse Corps, becoming the first woman with the relative rank of captain in U.S. Navy. She is promoted to the rank of captain Feb. 26, 1944.

Images:
Capt. Sue S. Dauser, Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps. Photographed at the Navy Department, circa 1944. National Archives, 80-G-K-14406 (Color).

U.S. Naval Hospital, Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington. The hospital's nursing staff, circa July 1931. Those present are (from left to right, seated): Vanderlinden, Mins, Anderson, Chief Nurse Sue S. Dauser, Krook, Sawin and Harriet Harris. (from left to right, standing): Jones, Ballerstedt, Quinn, Harkness, Farrell, Howard. Collection of Ensign Harriet Harris, USN(NC). NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 97243.

Captain Sue S. Dauser, (NC) USN (Retired) receives the Distinguished Service Medal from Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal on 1 December 1945. The medal was awarded for exceptionally meritorious service as Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps during the pre-war period and during World War 2. Captain Dauser's retirement was announced on 9 November 1945.NHHC Photograph Collection, #NH 97170.

#trailblazer #navymedicine #militaryhealth #nhhc #nurse #ww2 #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navy #history

#OTD 1951, the first helicopter lands on board USS Consolation (AH 15) during Operation Helicopter, where casualties are...
12/21/2020

#OTD 1951, the first helicopter lands on board USS Consolation (AH 15) during Operation Helicopter, where casualties are directly evacuated from the battlefield to a hospital ship for the first time.

Learn more about Consolation's history here: https://go.usa.gov/xA2q2

Images:
(AH-15) At anchor in Sok Cho-Ri, Korea, on 15 December 1951. Sok Cho-Ri was on the east coast of Korea 50 miles below the North Korean border. The hospital ship markings consist of three red crosses connected with a stripe. Photographed by Lieutenant B. A. McLawhorn. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 98785.

USS Consolation (AH-15) In the channel, bound for Inchon, Korea, 8 May 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives # 80-G-K-12234

Navy men around the world are famed for their selection of odd and assorted pets and mascots. Jimmy D. Clark, fireman, USN, ... acquired a Japanese fishhawk as a pet when the fierce looking little bird, apparently driven offshore by a heavy storm, landed aboard the hospital ship USS Consolation (AH-15) four days before reaching Japan ... Today, as the Consolation carries on its grimmer task of caring for UN wounded in Korea, the misplaced and much wounded fishhawk flops to and fro about the ship with one of its legs in a splint. Says Clark, 'We haven't decided on a name for him yet. No one knows how to say Little Pest in Japanese.' Photograph and caption released by Commander Naval Forces Far East, under date of 17 October 1951. Note markings on metal lifeboats behind Fireman Clark. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval History and Heritage Command. NH 97085 "Japanese Fishhawk Sailor's Pet”

#nhhc #helicopters #korea #hospital #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navy #history

#OTD in 1861, President Lincoln signed legislation creating the Navy’s Medal of Honor!The Medal is the United States’ hi...
12/21/2020

#OTD in 1861, President Lincoln signed legislation creating the Navy’s Medal of Honor!

The Medal is the United States’ highest award for military valor in action. Over 3500 Medals of Honor have been awarded to the brave men and women of the armed forces. Head to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s website to learn about the Recipients’ heroic stories. #MedalOfHonor #Hero #NavyReadiness #NavyHistory #NMUSN

https://www.cmohs.org/

📸: Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor (b. 1981 – d. 2006) was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for smothering an enemy grenade with his body and saving two of his fellow SEALs in September 2006. He was deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom [Navy.mil photograph].

#OTD in 1870, Coxswain William Halford reaches Kauai in a small captain's gig in an attempt to save his shipwrecked comr...
12/19/2020

#OTD in 1870, Coxswain William Halford reaches Kauai in a small captain's gig in an attempt to save his shipwrecked comrades. The rest of the crew held their hopes high when he left with four others on a perilous journey to get help.

Stay tuned for more of this amazing story in 2021! Check out our Events page for the upcoming panel with Naval History & Heritage Command's Curator Branch staff.

It’s been quite a year...whether you’re far from home or stuck at home...Here are your holiday decor contestants!Voting ...
12/18/2020

It’s been quite a year...whether you’re far from home or stuck at home...

Here are your holiday decor contestants!

Voting closes Dec. 23, 2020 @ 6pm

Winners will be announced Dec. 24v, 2020 @ 1pm

#holidaycheer #holidaydecor #workfromhome #nmusn #usn #MuseumFromHome #grinch #reindeergames #penguins

#OTD 1965, the River Patrol Force is established in Vietnam. At the height of the U.S. Navy's involvement in the Vietnam...
12/18/2020

#OTD 1965, the River Patrol Force is established in Vietnam. At the height of the U.S. Navy's involvement in the Vietnam War, the riverine force, or "Brown Water Navy" as it came to be known, included more than 30,000 Sailors and over 350 patrol vessels.

Learn more with this Artifact Spotlight:
https://youtu.be/mw3s8I376hg

Images:
A U.S. Navy fast coastal patrol boat (PCF-94) cuts through the water of the Gulf of Thailand on a patrol along the coast to prevent the infiltration of Viet Cong and their supplies by sea, March 1968 (USN 1130649).

Insignia: Coastal Division Fourteen. This emblem, seen here as an embroidered insignia patch, was received in 1970. The white triangle symbolizes the division's three-fold mission: coastal surveillance, training the Vietnamese Navy, and maintenance of ready personnel and boats for short notice augmentation of the southern coastal divisions' forces. The word "swift" refers to the PCF, or swift, boats used. NHHC #NH 70183-KN.

"Vigil," painting, oil on canvas board, by R. G. Smith, 1969 (US Navy Art Collection 88-160-FJ).
#nmusn #nhhc #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navymuseum #navy #history #museum #thingstodoathome #museumfromhome #navymuseumfromhome #vietnam #alwaysremember #swifties #50cal

Yummy!
12/18/2020
The History Galley: French Toast

Yummy!

Naval History & Heritage Command takes us into the History Galley with another recipe from the 1945 edition of the Cookbook of the US Navy. French Toast is a...

#OTD in 1917, Chief Boatswain’s Mate John MacKenzie saved USS Remlik (SP-157)!During a storm in the Bay of Biscay, MacKe...
12/17/2020

#OTD in 1917, Chief Boatswain’s Mate John MacKenzie saved USS Remlik (SP-157)!

During a storm in the Bay of Biscay, MacKenzie saw a depth charge – an anti-submarine warfare weapon – adrift on the ship’s deck. He took quick action to secure the explosive, which prevented the “probable loss of the ship and the entire crew.” Chief Boatswain’s Mate MacKenzie was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism. #MedalOfHonor #Hero #WorldWarI #NavyReadiness #NMUSN

📸: Chief Boatswain’s Mate John MacKenzie is shown wearing the Medal of Honor he received in recognition of his heroism in securing a depth charge that had come adrift on board USS Remlik (SP-157) during a heavy gale on 17 December 1917 [Collection of Chief Boatswain's Mate John MacKenzie, USNRF. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photograph, #NH 98032].

Last chance!Stop by the #NMUSN ‘s store for all of your holiday shopping needs!While the museum remains closed to visito...
12/16/2020

Last chance!

Stop by the #NMUSN ‘s store for all of your holiday shopping needs!

While the museum remains closed to visitors, our store will be open this holiday season to those who live and work on the Washington Navy Yard. Located in Building 76, the store will open on 12/10 and 12/17 from 9am to 12pm. Please visit https://museumstore.navyhistory.org/ to browse the shop’s online store. #Holiday #MuseumStore #Shopping #NHF

#OTD 1907, the Great White Fleet departs Hampton Roads, Va. to circumnavigate the world in 14 months, a journey of 43,00...
12/16/2020

#OTD 1907, the Great White Fleet departs Hampton Roads, Va. to circumnavigate the world in 14 months, a journey of 43,000 miles that included 20 port calls across six continents. Fourteen thousand Sailors and Marines participated in the voyage, leaving a lasting legacy at home and abroad.

Image:
*Inset view of* Electric illumination of fleet, Hampton Roads, Va. 1907. Detroit Publishing Company photograph collection (Library of Congress) #2016805802.

- A rare glass plate negative print, we extend a big thank you to our friends at the Library of Congress for their digitization efforts to make treasures such as this accessible!

#usn #usnavy #hamptonroads #navyhistory #usnhistory #navy #history #LOC #libraryofcongress #fleet #aroundtheworld #christmaslights

Show us your holiday cheer!It’s been quite a year...whether you’re far from home or stuck at home...So let’s make our da...
12/15/2020

Show us your holiday cheer!

It’s been quite a year...whether you’re far from home or stuck at home...

So let’s make our days merry and bright with some holiday decor!

Submit pictures via: instagram @nmusn or https://www.facebook.com/NMUSN
Contest closes Dec. 17, 2020 @ 6pm

#HappyHolidays #decor #NMUSN #USN

U.S. Naval Undersea Museum
12/15/2020

U.S. Naval Undersea Museum

The December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor created one of the largest salvage needs the U.S. Navy has ever faced. Within a week of the attack, the Navy established the Navy Salvage Service and appointed the first Supervisor of Salvage, Cmdr. William Sullivan (left), #OnThisDay in 1941.

Under Sullivan's leadership, nine ships damaged at Pearl Harbor were refloated within three months; the first Navy salvage school, located at Pier 88 in New York, was founded; and USS Lafayette was salvaged and refloated.

A year into his tenure, Cmdr. Sullivan was sent to North Africa and Europe to direct much-needed harbor clearance operations. He returned to the United States in March 1946 for a second term as #SUPSALV.

This ship model of Gunboat 156 further tells the tale. As the flagship of Thomas ap Catesby Jones, the 41-man crew was t...
12/14/2020

This ship model of Gunboat 156 further tells the tale. As the flagship of Thomas ap Catesby Jones, the 41-man crew was the turning point for holding off the British. Enough so that the British commander, Nicholas Lockyer boarded 156. All of the Sailors engaged in intense hand-to-hand combat.

This combat included cutlasses, boarding axes, long pikes, flintlock muskets, and sharp bayonets on the ends of those muskets. The British eventually captured the gunboat and used American guns against four other American small boats. The five minutes of close quarters fighting and two hours of total engagement decimated the entire fleet. However, Jones survived his wounds, became a prisoner of the British, and was decorated many times for his bravery.

US Navy Sailors delayed the British advance at a high cost but enough for the ground forces under General Andrew Jackson to be strengthened.

Ship models courtesy of #NAVSEA and #carderock !

#OTD in 1814, the Battle of Lake Borgne occurred. Under the command of Commodore Thomas Catesby Jones, U.S. gunboats, al...
12/14/2020

#OTD in 1814, the Battle of Lake Borgne occurred. Under the command of Commodore Thomas Catesby Jones, U.S. gunboats, along with Sea Horse and Alligator, engaged the British. Though the American flotilla was defeated, the engagement delayed the British attack on New Orleans for nine days, buying precious time for Gen. Andrew Jackson's successful defense of New Orleans.

This sword was awarded to Thomas ap Catesby Jones by the Commonwealth of Virginia for his actions while commanding a small flotilla of “Jeffersonian” gunboats and three other larger ships. Learn more about his flagship later this afternoon!

A very happy birthday to our fellows in arms. And a tremendous thank you for all that you do. 🎉🎂🎉
12/14/2020

A very happy birthday to our fellows in arms. And a tremendous thank you for all that you do. 🎉🎂🎉

Happy Birthday National Guard. Thanks for all you do.

Go Navy! #sportball #Rah #sports
12/12/2020

Go Navy!

#sportball #Rah #sports

120 Total games.
61 Navy wins.
7 Ties.
6 times playing on an Academy field...and today will make 7.

Watch the historic rivalry between the Navy Midshipmen and the Army Black Knights at 3:00 EST.

Before the game, click the link below take a look at the ticket stubs and program from the 1939 game. That year the Navy took home a 10-0 victory! #GoNavyBeatArmy
https://go.usa.gov/xA3G6

#OTD 1862, a Confederate torpedo (mine) sinks USS Cairo in  Yazoo River. Her wreck is recovered in 1965, but is badly da...
12/12/2020

#OTD 1862, a Confederate torpedo (mine) sinks USS Cairo in Yazoo River. Her wreck is recovered in 1965, but is badly damaged during the salvage efforts. Here are some photos of that salvage effort.

Images:
USS Cairo (1862). Photographed in the Mississippi River area during 1862, with a boat alongside her port bow, crewmen on deck and other river steamers in the background. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 61568. Read more about USS Cairo: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/c/cairo.html

USS Cairo (1862), salvage operations, 1961-1965, in the Yazoo River, Mississippi, where she was sunk by a Confederate mine on 12 December 1862. Bow section resting on Lifting Barge after being raised from Yazoo River near Vicksburg, Mississippi during salvage operations in 1964. Courtesy of Mr. Joe Schmidt, 1965. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 55193.

Bow of Cairo resting on lifting barge after being raised from Yazoo River near Vicksburg, Mississippi during salvage operations conducted between August and December 1964. Courtesy of the Vicksburg Evening Post. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 55192.

Cook Stove from Cairo, salvaged in August-December 1964. It carried the inscription, “Southern Belle”. At left can be seen three of the ship’s five boilers. Courtesy of the Vicksburg Evening Post. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 55190.

Salvage operations, 1961-1965, in the Yazoo River, Mississippi, where she was sunk by a Confederate mine on 12 December 1862. One of the CAIRO's gun port shutters, after recovery, about 1961. Courtesy of the "Vicksburg Evening Post.” NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 55180.

#usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navy #history #civilwarhistory #lostandfound #salvage

#OTD in 1954, USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was launched! Named after Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, this lead ship of h...
12/11/2020

#OTD in 1954, USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was launched!

Named after Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, this lead ship of her class was the first completed supercarrier. Learn more about the ship’s history in the museum’s online photograph gallery. #USSForrestal #NMUSN #NHHC #USN #NavyHistory #NavyReadiness

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/explore/photography/ships-us/ships-usn-f/uss-forrestal-cva-59-cv-59-avt-59.html

📸: USS Forrestal (CVA-59) enters port at Naples, Italy, circa early 1959. Mount Vesuvius is in the distance. Aircraft visible on deck include A3D-2 bombers of squadron VAH-5, F4D-1 fighters of squadron VF-102, and A4D-2 attack planes of squadron VA-12. This photograph was released by the Department of Defense on 19 May 1959. Forrestal's 1958-59 Sixth Fleet tour had ended on 12 March of that year [Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command, catalog #: NH 97658].

Even if you do it every year, sending Holiday cards to all your loved ones can be overwhelming. The museum is here to he...
12/10/2020

Even if you do it every year, sending Holiday cards to all your loved ones can be overwhelming. The museum is here to help make that job easier! Just print it, color it, stamp it, mail it...done!

#StayingConnected #VirtualVacation #MailCall #Navy #NMUSN
#seasonsgreetings #HappyHolidays

#OTD 1982, the nuclear powered USS Ohio (SSBN 726), first Trident-Class submarine, returns from its first deterrent patr...
12/10/2020

#OTD 1982, the nuclear powered USS Ohio (SSBN 726), first Trident-Class submarine, returns from its first deterrent patrol.

Ohio is the lead ship in a class of 18 ballistic missile submarines. For the first 21 years of her service, she conducted strategic deterrent patrols. In late 2002, she underwent a three-year conversion into a guided missile submarine. The Ohio-class boats are the largest submarines ever built for the U.S. Navy.


Learn more: http://bitly.com/2fth4iN

Images:
USS Ohio (SSBN 726) underway.

USS Ohio (SSBN 726), the first Trident submarine, pierside at Delta Pier at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, 1982.

USS Ohio (SSBN-726) missile hatches test at Groton, Ct. Photo: US Navy - DN-ST-82-01336

Commissioning booklet for USS Ohio (SSBN 726).

USS Ohio in dry dock at PSNS & IMF on the Waterfront undergoing conversion to a guided missile submarine, March 2004.
#usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navy #history #ohio #subforce #underthesea

It’s been quite a year...whether you’re far from home or stuck at home...So let’s make our days merry and bright with so...
12/09/2020

It’s been quite a year...whether you’re far from home or stuck at home...

So let’s make our days merry and bright with some holiday decor!

Submit pictures via: instagram @nmusn or https://www.facebook.com/NMUSN

Contest closes Dec. 17, 2020 @ 6pm

#HappyHolidays #decor #NMUSN #USN

#OTD we celebrate one of the most integral technological advancements of World War II. We currently have this XAF instal...
12/09/2020

#OTD we celebrate one of the most integral technological advancements of World War II. We currently have this XAF installed in the Atlantic Section of our World War II gallery! Please read the link below to learn the background and details from the Naval Research Laboratory!

https://www.nrl.navy.mil/news/releases/fleets-first-radar-turns-75

View of USS New York (BB-34)’s forward superstructure, with the antenna of the XAF radar atop her pilot house, circa late 1938 or early 1939. Also, the XAF main control unit, transmitter and receiver is seen installed. [NHHC Photo Archives Identifier #: NH 77350-A and 105852]

Stop by the #NMUSN ‘s store for all of your holiday shopping needs!While the museum remains closed to visitors, our stor...
12/08/2020

Stop by the #NMUSN ‘s store for all of your holiday shopping needs!

While the museum remains closed to visitors, our store will be open this holiday season to those who live and work on the Washington Navy Yard. Located in Building 76, the store will open on 12/10 and 12/17 from 9am to 12pm. Please visit https://museumstore.navyhistory.org/ to browse the shop’s online store. #Holiday #MuseumStore #Shopping #NHF

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Today marks the 225th anniversary of the Naval Act of 1794. President George Washington signed “An act to provide a naval armament" authorizing the construction of six frigates, the first #USNavy ships of war!
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