I am trying to research the history of this particular publication. My other half found this book among her late step fathers belongings related to his military and police careers.
The printing of this book appears to be the fourteenth edition from 1950. Published by The United States Naval Institute in Annapolis, Maryland, it appears to be a basic training manual for new recruits. I would imagine that my father himself probably received an issue also when he enlisted in the Navy during WWII as it was first published in 1902. I would like to research this book some. Was it a normal issue to new recruits? From what I've found out so far was that it saw more use in the Merchant Marines as most Navy recruits received the Recruits Handy Book until the 1920's. And I am still researching as I am writing this. Also, this particular book is in excellent condition. No apparent damage as far as I can tell. Any information will be greatly accepted. Thanks in advance.