Deserted: USS Juneau

On 25 October 1941 an Atlanta-class cruiser, the USS Juneau, was launched in Kearny, New Jersey. In February of the next year she was commissioned. In command was Captain Lyman Swenson. Although Swenson didn’t have much of a home life … Continue reading

Horror in the Pacific: USS Indianapolis

The USS Indianapolis was launched in late 1931 in New Jersey and by 1945 had seen her fair share of action. Commanded by respected captain Charles McVay, the Portland-class cruiser carried nearly 1,200 in crew. After delivering parts for the … Continue reading

The American Viking: David Glasgow Farragut

On July 5, 1801 James Glasgow Farragut was born in Tennessee to Jordi ‘George’ and Elizabeth Shine. Jordi was a Spanish immigrant and had been a merchant captain. He had gone on to serve in the American Revolution and marry … Continue reading