Donald R. McClarey

The Navy Remembers

A salute to a sailor president from the Navy.       Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us when we

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May 8, 1942: Victory at the Battle of the Coral Sea

  Seventy-five years ago, although they did not realize it, the American and Australian forces had won the Battle of the Coral Sea.  The battle which ultimately saved Australia from Japanese invasion has been largely forgotten in the US.  That

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Padre of Guadalcanal

    (This is a post I did in 2009.  It seemed appropriate to repost it today in tandem with my Halsey post.  Father Gehring pray for us that we may have the courage to face our challenges in life

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Anchors Aweigh

Something for the weekend.  Anchors Aweigh.  The fight song of the United States Naval Academy, it was composed in 1906 with music by Charles A. Zimmerman and lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles.  Universally regarded as the song of the United

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Father of the United States Navy

  (First published in 2009, the 238th birthday of the United States Navy is a good day to post it again.)     1745 was a busy year in the history of the misnamed British Isles, with Bonnie Prince Charlie

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Happy Birthday Swabbies!

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way. Captain John Paul Jones, November 16, 1778   “Resolved, That a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage

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Black Cats Hunt by Night

World War II in the Pacific was often an improvisational war for the US in the early years, before US war industries came fully on line and the US buried Japan under a wave of ships and planes to seize

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“We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Ours”

A guest post by my friend Jay Anderson of Pro Ecclesia: Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie by Currier and Ives. On this day 200 years ago – 10 September 1813, Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry, United States Navy, won a

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The Song of the Seabees

Construimus, Batuimus (We Build, We Fight) Something for the weekend.  Judy Garland singing The Song of the Seabees seems appropriate for a Labor Day weekend. At the outset of World War II, the Navy faced a task of unbelievable difficulty. 

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The American Revolution at Sea

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way. Captain John Paul Jones, November 16, 1778 Yesterday was the 237th birthday of the United States Navy.  On October

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Guadalcanal: America Turns the Tide

Before Guadalcanal the enemy advanced at his pleasure. After Guadalcanal, he retreated at ours. Admiral William “Bull” Halsey Seventy years ago Marines of the First Division, The Old Breed, launched the first offensive of America in World War II, by

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Sunday in Paradise

    Lieutenant j.g. Aloysius Schmitt had just finished morning mass aboard the USS Oklahoma.  Acting chaplain of the Okie, a Sunday meant a busy day for him, a relaxed day for almost everyone else on board the ship.  Since

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The Fighting SeaBees

Construimus, Batuimus (We Build, We Fight) At the outset of World War II, the Navy faced a task of unbelievable difficulty.  Around the globe, and especially in the Pacific, the Navy would be fighting in regions practically untouched by the

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