For what likely was most of his career, Captain Jim Bloom has been regularly releasing one page digest vignettes of events in naval history to a growing body of readers. Occasionally these cover medical topics, but I’m highlighting Jim’s work here because he is a brother medical officer. Jim – just recently retired – tells me that he still has a comfortable inventory. I quote his announcement of the 20th year of this work, and below that, a recent post. I’m sure Jim would love to add you to his distribution list if you send him your email address.Honored Naval History Readers,With the release of today’s naval history vignette on Surgeon Longshaw from the Civil War the “Today in Naval History” offerings begin their 20th year of publication. It has been both a privilege and a joy to discover, research, write, and release these stories. Each is intentionally limited to one page in length and is bibliographically referenced. For the last 19 years they have been released six times monthly, a frequency that maintains interest without overwhelming readers. If you get half the enjoyment out of reading them that I do preparing them, I have been successful.
Over these years many readers have transitioned between duty stations, and even into retirement. Now would be a good time to remind all readers that you can continue to receive these stories as you move through or out of the Navy, as long as you keep CAPT Bloom updated with your current e-mail address—military or civilian. My ability to track e-mail addresses is feeble at best.
I would also like to publically thank the many readers who reply to the stories with comments, anecdotes, and corrections! I appreciate your comments and they are often written into future editions!
If you are PCS’ing to a new e-mail server, or ending your Naval service, or you know someone who has dropped off the mailing list due to an e-mail change, simply e-mail the new information to CAPT Bloom at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will update the distribution list.
CAPT James Bloom, Ret+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ TODAY IN NAVAL HISTORY