Naval Station Great Lakes Cemetery Tour on October 7, 2017

By Dan Smaczny, National Museum of the American Sailor Contract Curator

The National Museum of the American Sailor invites the public to attend our annual Naval Station Great Lakes Cemetery Tour on October 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Continue reading

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Seabees Lend a Helping Hand in Bosnia

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

While Seabees lent a helping hand in war-torn Bosnia during the mid-to-late 1990s, rebuilding schoolhouses, homes, and bridges for transportation, there was also the duty of protection and prevention. As their construction uniform includes flak vests and Kevlar helmets, protecting civilians in combat zones have always been a part of their humanitarian efforts.

Bosnia map

Between 1992 and 1999, approximately 200,000 military and civilians were killed as a result of the Bosnia civil war. To minimize their vulnerability in the face of war and genocide, the United Nations and the U.S. Department of Defense joined together to help Bosnian civilians in the mid-1990s. One program they jointly developed and instituted was a campaign to protect children against landmines. The campaign appealed to children’s superhero pop-culture sensibility with the Superman: Deadly Legacy comic book. The U.S. military, including the Seabees, gave these comic books to children teaching them to stay away from explosives…

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From Stripes to Anchors: The Navy’s Chief-Selects

By Erik Wright, National Museum of the American Sailor Education Specialist

As the sharp formations of sailors with ornately decorated charge book vessels and anxious faces came marching up to the National Museum of the American Sailor, one uniform was slightly different than the rest. Among the nearly one hundred promotable petty officers first class was a service member with Air Force E-7 rank. Continue reading