#DYK: The first Medals of Honor were presented on March 25, 1863. To commemorate this date and all Medal of Honor recipients, Congress declared March 25th as National Medal of Honor Day.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of World War II, we take a look at the Medal of Honor recipients from the Battle for Iwo Jima, one of the war’s fiercest and most infamous battles.

Navy Medal of Honor Recipients at Iwo Jima

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On this day in Naval history USS Essex captures a Peruvian ship, the US Navy reviews "flying machine" for combat, and the first F8U-1 Crusader is delivered to a fleet unit.

On This Day: March 25

On this day in Naval history USS Essex captures a Peruvian ship, the US Navy reviews "flying machine" for combat, and the first F8U-1 Crusader is delivered t...

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America's Navy has shipmates in all the branches of the service. Here's a story about how one Soldier protected an important part of #NavyHistory and ensured it will be shared for generations to come. Thanks U.S. Army!!!

Retired Soldier Presents WWII Admiral’s Flag to U.S. Navy

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More than 95 years after USS Conestoga (AT 54) was lost at sea, we now know what has happened to the ship and the 56 #USNavy sailors aboard the fleet tug.

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#OnThisDay in Naval History, the first and only Admiral of the Navy commissioned, U.S. hits Libya, and the first overnight port visit to Iraq.

On This Day: March 24

On this day in Naval history the first and only Admiral of the Navy commissioned, US hits Libya, and the first overnight port visit to Iraq. For more visit w...

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#OTD in 1965, Gemini III, the first two-manned spacecraft, completes three orbits in four hours, 53 minutes at an altitude of 224 km. Recovery is by helicopters from USS Intrepid (CVS 11). Astronauts are #USNavy Lt. Cmdr. John W. Young, pilot, and United States Air Force Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, command pilot.

The U.S. Navy had a role in atmospheric and high-altitude research before the...
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The Office of Naval Intelligence, the nation’s oldest intelligence organization, has successfully navigated the tides of time and the winds of change for 135 years.

Learn how ONI has constantly transformed and evolved in order to be what the Navy and the nation needed.

Back to the Future: Office of Naval Intelligence at 135

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#OTD in 1946, USS Missouri (BB 63) departs the U.S. to return the body of deceased Turkish ambassador, Mehmet Munir Ertegun, back to Turkey for burial, arriving in Istanbul on April 5. Her crew members then participate in Ambassador Ertegun’s funeral ceremonies.

USS Missouri was successful in reestablishing the U.S. Navy's presence in what soon became the "Cold War" home waters of the Sixth...
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USS John Finn DDG 113 — named for Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn, who was awarded the first Medal of Honor of WWII for his heroics during the attack on Pearl Harbor — will join the fleet in July. Visit the U.S. Pacific Fleet website for more:

Future USS John Finn to be commissioned at Pearl Harbor

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On this day in Naval history Commodore Decatur is wounded in a duel, the title "Naval Aviator" is official, and the first surface combatants return from Desert Storm.

On This Day: March 22

On this day in Naval history Commodore Decatur is wounded in a duel, the title "Naval Aviator" is official, and the first surface combatants return from Dese...

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100-years-ago today: Loretta Perfectus Walsh left her mark on #USNavy history when she became our first female chief petty officer.

Travel back in time for a historical look at other female Sailors who benefited from our female chiefs’ deckplate leadership.

100 Years of Deckplate Leadership by Female Navy Chiefs

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#OTD in 1957, a #USNavy A3D-1 Skywarrior aircraft piloted by Cmdr. Dale W. Cox, Jr., breaks two transcontinental records, one for the Los Angeles to New York flight in nine hours and 21 minutes, 35.4 seconds and the other for the return back east to west flight in five hours and 13 minutes, 49 seconds.
March 20, 2003, marked the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom #OIF. For NHHC’s online holdings pertaining to OIF with information about notable ships, people and the ongoing Operation Inherent Resolve mission, click the link below.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Operation Iraqi Freedom begins after USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) is among the first to launch tomahawk missiles on Iraq, along with other #USNavy ships in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf #OTD in 2003. What ship were you or your family member aboard during #OIF? Let us know and share this with your shipmates!
From Navy Department Library:

The 'Write' Stuff
Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, the eminent naval historian, warned that "It will be a sad day when sea language leaves English literature, and there is some reason to fear that it is slipping. Let all writers of naval or maritime history, or nautical fiction, do their part to keep sea language alive." Morison did his part by penning this...
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Notes on Writing Naval (not Navy) English

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On this day in #NavalHistory, USS Oregon departs on a mission to Cuba, submarine USS Balao sinks four Japanese vessels, and a young Hospital Corpsman receives the Medal of Honor.

On This Day: March 19

On this day in #NavalHistory, USS Oregon departs for Cuba, USS Balao sinks four Japanese vessels, and a young Hospital Corpsman receives the Medal of Honor.

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#OTD in 1995, USS Laboon (DDG 58), a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is commissioned. John Francis Laboon, Jr. was an officer of the #USNavy, who served as a submariner in World War II and as a chaplain in the Vietnam War. In World War II, as a young man, Laboon was awarded the Silver Star for bravery for diving from a submarine to rescue a downed aviator under heavy enemy fire.
#OTD what milestone did women reach in the #USNavy 100 years ago? Check your answer here: [ Go.usa.gov Link ]

#WomensHistoryMonth

Civil War to World War II

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It's #StPatricksDay and lucky for you we're celebrating some of the most well-known Irish-Americans in our #NavalHistory! We know that this isn't a conclusive list so share with us some of your favorite Irish-Americans that served in the U.S. Navy! Get the story here -

St. Patrick’s Day: Irish-Americans in the U.S. Navy

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#WomensHistoryMonth: "Allowing women in any branch of the armed services was a recent innovation, and I had not heard that the Navy was enlisting women. . . If the Navy needed me, I was hers.”

Read more about one of the first Yeoman (F) experience from the Navy Department Library here:

I Was a Yeoman (F)

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