USS Ward and the First Shots of Pearl Harbor

Outdated and crewed by naval reservists, USS Ward played a unique role at Pearl Harbor and beyond. Her brave service represents the spirit of the United States Navy and the determination of the nation through two wars.It is history that deserves to be remembered!

The submarine that sank a train: the U.S.S. Barb

The History Guy remembers Eugene “Lucky” Flucky and the U.S.S. Barb, the submarine that sank a train during World War II. It is history that deserves to be remembered. The History Guy uses images that are in the Public Domain. As photographs of actual events are often not available, I will sometimes use photographs ofContinue reading “The submarine that sank a train: the U.S.S. Barb”

When the United States invaded England, The Whitehaven Raid

In April 1778, John Paul Jones struck a blow against British merchant ships in a daring raid. The History Guy remembers forgotten history during the American Revolution, the day the United States invaded England and the Whitehaven Raid.

“A Brief but Furious Campaign”: The Battle of the Pearl River Forts

The November 1856 battle of the barrier forts, while a testimony to the prowess of the US Navy and Marine Corps, is perhaps one of the most obscure applications of US military force in history. The History Guy remembers the Battle of the Pearl River Forts.

When the USS Kitty Hawk collided with a Soviet submarine.

In 1984, during a period of Cold War tension, a Soviet submarine collided with a United States aircraft carrier. The History Guy remembers the 1984 USS Kitty Hawk Collision. This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are carefully selected and provide illustration. As images of actualContinue reading “When the USS Kitty Hawk collided with a Soviet submarine.”

The Extraordinary Voyage of the USS Marblehead

By May 1942, nearly half of the forty surface ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet would be sunk, including the fleet’s largest vessel, the heavy cruiser USS Houston. But the improbable survival of one of the fleet’s vessels, the light cruiser USS Marblehead, is the stuff of legend. The extraordinary voyage of the Marblehead isContinue reading “The Extraordinary Voyage of the USS Marblehead”

Submarine Chasers of the U.S. Navy

Among the strategies for dealing with the U-boat threat to U.S. shipping was a series of small vessels, designed to be built cheaply and quickly, and optimized to find and hunt submarines. The sub chasers were small, but ended up playing out-sized roles along the coasts of the United States and around the world. TheContinue reading “Submarine Chasers of the U.S. Navy”

Five Hats and Forgotten History

Some of the most common viewer questions that are received at this channel regard The History Guy’s hat collection. Military uniforms were impacted by practical needs, historical events, and the preferences of powerful leaders. The History Guy talks about collecting military “covers” and why the United States Navy once had five different colors of theContinue reading “Five Hats and Forgotten History”

The Naval Battle of Okinawa

The Battle of Okinawa was the largest and deadliest battle of the Pacific campaign. But the terrible battle on the island was only part of the fight, as the ships of the Navy faced an onslaught of Kamikaze attacks. The History Guy recalls the many desperate actions to save the ships of the Okinawa armada.