SOURCE: War on the Rocks
by Emma Salisbury
"The military-contract treadmill is still running."
SOURCE: Atlas Obscura
The first cohort of Black women to serve in the US Navy were enlisted as reservists to fill shortages in the service's clerical workforce. At the time, the nation's climate of racism forced them to keep a low profile. A researcher compiling a book about the "Golden Fourteen" mined family history to learn about their service.
SOURCE: The New York Times
A boat believed to be the PT-59, a Navy vessel Kennedy commanded after the PT-109 was sunk, has been mired in the muck off Manhattan for decades.
by Dan C. Goldberg
Politico reporter Dan Goldberg's new book details how thirteen black men overcame prejudice and indifference to integrate the Navy's officer corps in 1944.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
July 27, 2019
In 1945, a pilot vanished when he crashed his plane in the Chesapeake. Now, the Navy might have found it.
Was veteran combat pilot David L. Mandt still aboard his Grumman Bearcat when it went down in the bay? Rescue crews found an oil slick and one of his gloves.
SOURCE: Tom Dispatch
by Alfred W. McCoy
Or How China and the U.S. Are Spawning a New Great Power Naval Rivalry
SOURCE: Fox News
Two Navy sailors slated for heroes’ burials at Arlington National Cemetery have waited a century and a half for the honor.The men were among the crew members who perished aboard the legendary Union battleship the USS Monitor, which fought an epic Civil War battle with Confederate vessel The Merrimack in the first battle between two ironclad ships in the Battle of Hampton Roads, on March 9, 1862.Nine months later, the Monitor sank in rough seas off of Cape Hatteras, where it was discovered in 1973. Two skeletons and the tattered remains of their uniforms were discovered in the rusted hulk of the Union ironclad in 2002, when its 150-ton turret was brought to the surface. The Navy spent most of a decade trying to determine the identity of the remains through DNA testing....
A Navy officer testified on Tuesday that microphones disguised as smoke detectors were installed in the rooms where suspected terrorists meet with their lawyers. It's unclear who put the microphones there — not that many people have access to those rooms, however — and the military has denied their existence in the past. But don't worry. The officer swears they never used them....
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