U.S. Navy Takes the Cake for the 242nd Time

By Justin Hall, National Museum of the American Sailor Contract Curator

October 13, 2017 marks the 242nd birthday of the United States Navy. First celebrated by the Navy in 1972, then Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized the event to commemorate the significance of the date. Continue reading


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

Navy Cooks: May the Packey Schwartz Be With You

By Therese Gonzalez, National Museum of the American Sailor Museum Specialist

It’s been said that the “way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” and for the United States Navy, that saying is certainly appropriate. Food builds not just bodies, but also morale. As stated in U.S. Navy and What It Offers, 1920, a “good cook is one of the most popular men aboard ship.” Continue reading

Navy’s STEM Program Sparks Growth in Education Techniques

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Navy’s STEM Workshop at Naval Station Great Lakes, March 15, 2017

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

Within the education world, standards are constantly changing, material and curriculums are always being updated, and we’re learning more and more about our physical and natural world on an almost daily basis.  But with the increasingly busy schedules of teachers, rapidly growing class sizes, and ever shrinking budgets, how and when are educators supposed to find the time and resources to stay relevant and up-to-date on educational standards and training?  This is a question the Department of the Navy (DoN), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the education department of the National Museum of the American Sailor grapple with in an effort to ensure that our nations educators have the necessary tools and training to produce the highest caliber students possible (students who might become future sailors and leaders). Continue reading

Goats are Good Luck for Navy and the Cubs

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Great Lakes Baseball Team, 1918. George Halas is in the top row, 5th from the right.

By Martin Tuohy, Archivist, and Dan Smaczny, Contract Curator, National Museum of the American Sailor

Every April, hope springs eternal on baseball’s opening day.  The American entrance into World War I on April 6, 1917, however, plunged the baseball season into a national emergency.  In Chicago, the Cubs baseball team – and the U.S. Navy – responded with fervent patriotism.

On April 12, 1917, six days after U.S. entry into the war, the Navy sent sailors from U.S. Naval Training  Station, Great Lakes to Weeghman Park,

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