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M. S. Hennessy

A combat veteran (with 10 years of active service in the U.S. Navy) and an avid (amateur) military historian, M. S. Hennessy descends from veterans of every American war beginning with the struggle for independence from Great Britain, fueling his own interest in military history and militaria.

By day, Mr. Hennessy is an information technology program and project manager with nearly 20 years network and Internet/Intranet management. In 2009 he published his first book, Freedom’s Fortress: Vincennes’ History of Service to the United States which documents the four US warships’ contributions to building and shaping the nation.

For Hennessy, militaria collecting is quite personal as his focus is primarily on assembling displays that document his ancestors’ service.

M. S.'s Recent Posts

The Ultimate in Historical Naval Figures: A Lock of John Paul Jones’ Hair

“The future naval officers, who live within these walls, will find in the career of the man whose life we this day celebrate, not merely a subject for admiration and respect, but... more

Stars, Stripes and Diamonds: Photographs of America’s Pastime in Uniform

When the confetti drops on the victors of the Super Bowl it is a signal that, rather than just the curtain falling on the football season, pitchers and catchers have less than... more

Hoping to “Cap” off my Current Militaria Collecting Run: Firing Blanks

I doubt there are many collectors who have NOT experienced the current run that I’ve been on, though I certainly feel alone in this rut. Dating back to last fall, I have been seeing some amazing... more

Relic Hunting aboard Retired Warships

I make no apologies for my passion for United States Navy militaria just as I never pass on an opportunity to talk about the history of my favorite branch of the U.S... more

Tracking U.S. Navy Specialties: The History of Radarmen

Many people collect U.S.Navy rating badges and many other folks collect ephemera. Still other collectors pursue metal insignia and uniform devices. But the question I have is, how many of them combine... more