Who was Michael P. Murphy?

Introduction Michael Patrick Murphy (07 May 1976 to 28 June 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the US military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honour, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the United States Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam… Read More


Who was Mervyn S. Bennion?

Introduction Mervyn Sharp Bennion (05 May 1887 to 07 December 1941) was a United States Navy captain who served during World War I and was killed while he was in command of battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48) during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in World War II. He posthumously received the Medal of Honour… Read More

Who was William Hall?

Introduction William Nelson Edward Hall VC (28 April 1827 to 27 August 1904) was the first Black person, first Nova Scotian, and third Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross. He received the medal for his actions in the 1857 Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Rebellion. Hall and an officer from his ship continued to… Read More

Who was William R. Charette?

Introduction William Richard Charette (29 March 1932 to 18 March 2012) was a United States Navy master chief hospital corpsman who received the nation’s highest military decoration for valour, the Medal of Honour. He was awarded the medal for heroic actions “above and beyond the call of duty” on 27 March 1953, while assigned to… Read More

Who was George L. Street III?

Introduction George Levick Street III (27 July 1913 to 26 February 2000) was a submariner in the United States Navy. He received the Medal of Honour during World War II. Early Life and Career Street was born in Richmond, Virginia. He joined the Naval Reserve in 1931 and was selected for an appointment to the… Read More

What is the United States Naval Observatory?

Introduction The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the United States, with a primary mission to produce positioning, navigation and timing for the United States Navy and the United States Department of Defence. The observatory is located in Northwest Washington, D.C. at the Northwestern end of Embassy Row.… Read More

Who was Edward O’Hare?

Introduction Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry O’Hare (13 March 1914 to 26 November 1943) was an American naval aviator of the United States Navy, who on 20 February 1942, became the Navy’s first fighter ace of the war when he single-handedly attacked a formation of nine heavy bombers approaching his aircraft carrier. Even though he had… Read More