Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Chief Petty Officer William Badders

By Katie Lange Master divers have one of the most coveted titles in the U.S. Navy. They’re technical experts who can journey to dark depths of the world’s oceans to accomplish things few others can with little to no margin for error. Navy Chief Petty Officer William Badders, a machinist’s mate, had that coveted role in the 1930’s. He and three of his colleagues took part in one of the greatest undersea rescues of all time and it earned them all the Medal of Honor. Badders was born in Harrisburg, Illinois,…

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Diving Deep: 65 Years of Nuclear-Powered Subs

By Katie Lange On Jan. 21, 1954, the Navy’s first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, was launched out of Groton, Connecticut. While the U.S. had been using submersibles since the Revolutionary War — going from hand-cranked wooden rigs to treasured diesel-powered assets during World War II — this ship truly revolutionized the game. The creation of the nuclear-powered sub ushered in an era in which tactics used up to that point by and against submarines were instantly obsolete. In their place came advanced firepower, higher speeds, survivability and endurance. So, What…

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