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Celebrating the American Sailor

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (July 4, 2016) — From left to right, Capt. James Hawkins, commanding officer of Naval Station Great Lakes; Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, commander of Naval Service Training Command; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens; Samuel Cox, director of the Naval History and Heritage Command; David Torma, a board member of the National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation; North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham; Robert Bied, president of the Great Lakes Naval Museum Foundation; and Jennifer Searcy, Ph.D., director of the National Museum of the American Sailor; unveil the new sign in front of the National Museum of the American Sailor, at Great Lakes, Ill., July 4. The Great Lakes Naval Museum was renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor in order to honor the diverse history of Sailors who have served in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Lockwood/Released)

From Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens July 4th marked a special day in my more than 30 years of Navy service. As Americans across the country celebrated our Nation’s 240 years of rich heritage, I was surrounded by shipmates at the gateway for our Navy’s enlisted …

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A Rare Recovery: CSS Georgia

The Confederate Ironclad Ram 'Georgia' Line engraving published in The Soldier in Our Civil War, Volume II, page 31, depicting CSS Georgia, an ironclad floating battery that served in the defenses of Savannah, Georgia. Despite the caption included in the original image, this vessel was not a ram. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

By Dr. Alexis Catsambis Archaeologist and Cultural Resource Manager Naval History and Heritage Command Underwater Archaeology Branch My work is unique. I am an underwater archeologist, part of a team actually, responsible for the management, research, preservation, and interpretation of the U.S. Navy’s sunken military craft. While there is no typical …

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