Olympian Fire: Dewey at Manila Bay

Rear Admiral George Dewey, aboard USS Olympia, presided over the blooding of the modern U.S. Navy at the May 1, 1898, Battle of Manila Bay.
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Wings of Defeat – Kamikaze Pilots Who Survived

Wings of Defeat, an award-winning documentary on PBS, examines the kamikaze story from two dramatically different perspectives, kamikaze pilots who survived the war and American sailors who survived kamikaze attacks. A World War II magazine review.
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Fighting Words: From Davy Jones’s Locker

Many nautical terms have entered everyday language, some from merchant shipping and others from military naval parlance. Christine Ammer examines some common expressions and their nautical origins.
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‘Don’t Give Up the Ship’

"Don’t Give Up the Ship!" Despite his crew’s humiliating surrender to HMS Shannon, the exhortation of USS Chesapeake’s dying captain, James Lawrence, became a rallying cry of the War of 1812.
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Hell and High Water

Eugene Fluckey threw out the operating manual to become one of the deadliest American submarine commanders in the Pacific during World War II. His sub USS Barb sank ships, shelled factories and even blew up a train.
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USS Galena: De-evolution of a Warship

The ironclad USS Galena failed to live up to its "impervious" reputation and ended its career as a wooden-walled warship, but it saved lives at the Battle of Mobile Bay.
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The Race to Malta

Plagued by the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica, Operation Harpoon is launched to resupply Malta during World War II. This major convoy must fight its way through Axis air and sea defenses. And the Germans and Italians are ready.
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The Roman Navy: Masters of the Mediterranean

Marcus Vipsanius Aggripa's innovative tactics gave Octavian's Roman fleet a victory over Marc Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium. Rome was the dominant naval power in the Mediterranean for four centuries.
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Battle of the Bismarck Sea

During World War II, the Japanese try to reinforce New Guinea in the South Pacific, only to face the wrath of Allied Air Power - a battle that showed what air power could do to surface vessels running largely without air cover.
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William Bull Halsey: Legendary World War II Admiral

A major player in the South Pacific theater of World War II, William F. Halsey was a controversial leader whose success was countered with controversy at Leyte Gulf and during "Halsey's Typhoon" which damaged much of his fleet.