History of NCUSA
Precisely at 2 bells, evening watch, 18 June 1938, at a Navy
Veterans Reunion in Quincy Illinois; a new and powerful
organization, The Navy Club of the United States of America, was
launched. At that hour, a Constitution and By-Laws was adopted
to govern this unique and colorful group, speaking the language of
the men who go down to the sea in ships.
The original organization committee drew up a broad administrative
charter that envisioned a new concept in collectively bringing
together the many private Navy Clubs and Navy Veterans
Organizations, that had sprung up across the country, and by so
doing, give each member and prospective member a powerful voice as a
Nationally Recognized Organization.
With the Navy men and women of the United States formed together in
one great powerful service organization, there should come a more
extensive and widespread observance of NAVY DAY, a more searching
survey of all legislation that concerns a strong United States Navy
and National Defense, and guarantee that our Navy will be no more
"Pearl Harbors", a more powerful influence on American
thinking of the importance of a first class Navy, a better and more
informed medium through which the Navy Department can convey its
problems to the American Citizen, and to join together all sailors,
marines and coast guard personnel into a closer comradeship.
Preamble of the Navy Club U.S.A. National
In reverent recognition of Divine Guidance, we associate ourselves,
pledging ourselves to maintain true allegiance to the government of
these United States of America and fidelity to its Constitution and
The objects of this Association are to further, encourage, promote,
and maintain comradeship among our members, to revere, honor, and
perpetuate the memory of our departed shipmates; and to promote and
encourage further public interest in the United States Navy and its
history and to uphold the spirit and ideals of our Navy.