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Spring 1989 Naval History Magazine

Spring 1989 Naval History Magazine

Admiral Yamagata Joins His Ancestors; Brooks and Garcias: One Last Look; Grim Pelelieu: The Aircraft; Ancient Sea Power: The Veneti; Palau Islands 1944; Lawrence surrenders the Chesapeake 1813

12 Grim Peleliu: The Aircraft
By Rolfe L. Hillman HI
Air support was a joint-service effort during the invasion of the Palau Islands in 1944.
19 The Veneti: A Pre-Roman Atlantic Sea Power
By D. Cameron Watt
This little-known power dominated Atlantic trade routes for 300 years, until Julius Caesar stepped in.
24 Manifestations of Cordiality
By J. Calvitt Clarke III
In the mid-1930s the Soviet Navy got some of its warships built in—of all places—Italy
29 The Day Vice Admiral Yamagata Joined his Honorable Ancestors By Ralph T. Briggs
Samurai tradition dictated death for the survivors of a shot-down plane.
31 The Catch of the Day
By. Captain Paul F. Stevens, USN (Ret.)
This Navy pilot didn't know it at the time, but he bagged the prize.
33 The Final Days
By Nobuyuki Taniguchi as told to Ralph T. Briggs Poignant narrative of a warrior's demise.
36 When Courage Was Not Enough
By Ensign Rodney G. Graves, USN
Proper prior planning prevents poor performance, and it would have done so in 1813.
50 Australia's Stake in America's Civil War
By Rick Kennett, B. L. Fuqua, and C. S. Fuqua
Aussie crewmen joined a Confederate raider's one-ship war against the Yankees—even after Appomattox
In Contact 2 Notebook 79
Pictorial 42
Technical Report 55
The Garcias and Brookes: One Last Look
Naval History, a young naval offiPueblo (AGER-2) in the pages of Cover: With the continuing discussion of the surrender of the
cer reminds us of an earlier inci-
The Davis Gun: A U. S. Navy
dent where an American skipper
gave up his ship—James Law-
Oral History 58 rence's surrender of the Chesa-
Launching the SPARs peake to HMS Shannon in 1813.
Book Reviews 60 Our author challenges the idea that
Lawrence is a great naval hero.
In Progress 64
(Painting courtesy of the Beverley
In Profile 70
R. Robinson Collection, U. S.
Frank 0. Braynard Naval Academy Museum; inset of
In Focus 73 Lawrence courtesy of the U. S.
Museum Report 74 Naval Academy Museum.)
The Treasure Island Museum
Special 77 USS Paducah: Illegal Immigrant Ship
U. S. Naval Institute Spring 1989 Vol. 3, No. 2
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Admiral Yamagata Joins His Ancestors
Brookes and Garcias: One Last Look
Grim Pelelieu: The Aircraft
Ancient Sea Power: The Veneti
Spring 1989
U. S. Naval Institute Vol. 3, No. 2
One of the challenges in putting together a magazine is that of coming up with a mix of editorial material to satisfy a wide spectrum of readers. The broad topic of naval history offers many possibili-
ties, particularly when the Naval Institute's mission is to serve all three sea services, as well as the overall maritime community. Thus we have sought to make variety the hallmark of each issue.
The table of contents for this issue is an apt demonstration of such variety. The time periods covered go from antiquity—an article on the Veneti who fought against Julius Caesar—to the present—a pictorial on the Garcia- and Brooke-class frigates that are just now leaving the fleet. In the Proceedings we have covered the budgetary considerations that prompted the decommissioning of these ships and the resulting resignation of Secretary of the Navy James Webb. In Naval History we take a look back over the careers of these fine warships. They are now in mothballs or serving in foreign navies, but this issue's pictorial reminds us that they once represented the latest advances in technology. On a personal note, I have a special, fondness for the Brooke class because of having had the good fortune to command the USS Schofield (FFG-3).
Midway between these two time periods, you will find two articles on 19th century topics, James Lawrence's loss of the Chesapeake in the War of 1812 and Australia's controversial involvement in repairing the Confederate raider Shenandoah during the American Civil War. Generations of Naval Academy midshipmen have been brought up on the legend of Lawrence's famous dying words, "Don't give up the ship." Our author, him self a former midshipman, looks behind the legend to argue that if Lawrence had done a better job as a naval officer, neither the dying nor the famous last words would have been necessary.
Our variety covers not only subject matter but also approaches to those subjects. Solid scholarship is evidenced in J. Calvitt Clarke's piece dealing with Soviet-Italian naval dealings in the 1930s. The author adapted this article from his Ph.D. dissertation. A more personal approach is found in a series of articles dealing with the shooting down of Vice Admiral Seigtr Yamagata in World War II. For the American and Japanese authors, their "research" consisted of experiencing the event and then setting down their recollections of that experience.
Your continuing support of the magazine, both in terms of subscription renewals and the many letters to the editor, suggests that this sort of variety is what you want. We will continue to provide it.
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