During the December 3 NOUS Northwest Zoom meeting, an important milestone for the Commandery was achieved as CAPT David Todd, USN (Ret) relieved CAPT James McGinnis, MSC, USN (Ret) as the fourth Commander of NOUS Northwest. CAPT McGinnis leaves his post after a highly successful two years of command. Under his direction, NOUS Northwest … More NOUS Northwest Change of Command
Twenty five days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, “We’re anchored in Port Townsend…..” Deck log of USS Gilmer, DD-233. Naval History and Heritage Command file, NND927605, National Archives Identifier 74770970, Search Identifier – Navy Deck Log (NDL) Batch 594258 17.
NOUS Northwest was honored at the US Naval Order’s National Congress 2022 by receiving the annual CAPT Jan Armstrong Memorial Award recognizing commanderies with fifty or fewer companions. The NWT Commandery had also received this prestigious award in 2020 and 2021. NWT’s Commander, CAPT Jim McGinnis, MSC, USN (Ret.) and shown in the photo below, … More Congress 2022: NOUS Northwest Honored as Small Commandery for Third Year in a Row!
“13 October 2022 will mark the Navy’s 247th birthday. The central theme of this year is “On Watch – 24/7 for 247 Years,” which highlights our Navy’s enduring ability to remain fully ready to respond to and effectively deter emergent threats.” Read more history about the US Navy at the Naval History and Heritage Command … More Happy Birthday US Navy: 24/7 for 247 Years
After 80 years, a 21-year-old sailor was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on September 13 following a decades-long effort to identify his remains, following the December 7, 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor. An article in Military Times describes the extraordinary efforts to identify Herbert “Bert” Jacobson and the profound meaning for his family … More Pearl Harbor Sailor Laid to Rest at Arlington National Cemetery, 80 Years Later
For the third year in a row, the Northwest Commandery supported History Day competitions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington states. The commandery supports History Day by recruiting volunteer judges from amongst our companions to judge at regional and state competitions. Companions and spouses who judged this year were Gil Beyer (Idaho); Dave Todd (Oregon); Jim … More NOUS Northwest Announces Naval History Awards
Check out all of the exciting activities surrounding the commissioning of the future USS Idaho, SSN 799, now in progress. From the Commissioning Committee’s website, we learn “The future USS IDAHO SSN 799 is a leading-edge Virginia Class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine being built by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut. She will be christened … More USS IDAHO, SSN 799, Set for Commissioning in 2022
From military.com, we have this story by Konstantin Totopin about the USS Kitty Hawk: “The storied aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk — a ship that served from Vietnam through the second Iraq war — is heading for the scrapyard. The ship, which began its final sea voyage in January, will arrive at a Texas shipbreaking facility … More USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) – Completing Nearly 50 Years of Naval History
Below is the time line for USS Oregon (SSN-793), recently commissioned: • Keel Laying – July 8, 2017• Christening – October 5, 2019 at Groton, CT• Rollout – April 10, 2020• Float Off – June 25, 2020• Commissioning – May 28, 2022 More information is available (including memorabilia) at https://ussoregonssn793.org/index.php.
At the recently concluded NOUS 2021 National Congress, NOUS Northwest was honored “in recognition of outstanding local efforts and success achieved” during the past year. Accepting the award during the virtual gathering was CAPT Jim McGinnis, MSC, USN (Ret.) who has led NOUS NWT as its Commander during the award period. Below CAPT McGinnis is … More NOUS Northwest Receives CAPT Jan V. Armstrong Memorial Award