The Navy’s last conventional super carriers arrived in Brownsville, Texas this week after taking one last towed sail before getting scrapped. Read More
Tag Archives: Vietnam War
Sale of Last Conventional Supercarriers Deals Final Blow To Museum Hopes
When James Melka first approached USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), he had no idea the size of the aircraft carrier.
As the 17-year-old walked toward the pier in 1965, he could see the big gray ship, growing larger as he approached. It was “amazing” to walk onto the ship, then just four years into its service life, via its gangplank, Melka recalled. Read More
Panel: First Gulf War Proved the Value of the Reserve Force, Destructive Power of Simple Weapons
Key to the success of the first Gulf War was extensive use of reservists — like Seabees and intelligence — in the conflict, three experts from the Center for Naval Analyses said in a press briefing Monday.
SECNAV Spencer, Jim Webb Honor Lost South Vietnamese Soldiers in California Ceremony
WESTMINSTER, Calif. – Following a final prayer by a Navy chaplain, pallbearers lifted a casket containing the remains of 81 unidentified South Vietnamese soldiers and walked to a waiting white hearse. Read More
Report on Use of U.S. Armed Force Abroad: 1798-2018
The following is the Dec. 28, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2018. Read More
51 Years Later, Fallen Vietnam Marine Honored With Silver Star
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – With a Marine down and several dozen heavily-armed enemy fighters approaching his location, 1st Lt. Philip H. Sauer grabbed his .45-cal pistol and ordered his other three men off the hill outside Khe Sanh. Read More
Report: Instances of Use of U.S. Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2017
The following is the Oct. 12, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2017. Read More
Trial by Fire: The Disaster on USS Forrestal at 50
On July 29, 1967, a Zuni rocket aboard USS Forrestal (CV-59) fired unexpectedly and ignited a series of explosions that sparked a fire that burned for the better part of a day. The fire killed 134 sailors and injured 161. The following is a 1973 U.S. Navy documentary Trial by Fire that recounts the actions of the crew that saved the ship 50 years ago. Read More
A Marine’s Reflections on the End of the Vietnam War
The following is a recollections on the end of the Vietnam War originally published in the May, 2005 issue of Proceedings under the original title, Reflections on Vietnam.
It ended 30 years ago when a Marine handed Graham Martin a folded flag and the U.S. Ambassador took off from the roof of the U.S Embassy in Saigon. No one, warrior or protestor, walked away from the Vietnam War unscathed. The photos need no captions. The words of the two Marine infantry officers help us remember, as if we could forget. Read More
Navy Kicks Off Year-Long Celebration of Navy Reserve Centennial
In a ceremony at the Pentagon on Monday, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun began a year-long celebration of the U.S. Navy Reserve on its centennial. Read More