April 2020  
Oak Harbor, Washington


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  • 2019 4th of July Parade - Sailor of the Year
  • 2019 4th of July Parade - Bluejacket of the Year
  • 2019 Navy League Banner - 4th of July Parade
  • Dr. Darrin Hand, NL Pres. Greg Smith, Chaplain David Lura
  • 4th of July Sailor of the Year
  • 2019 4th of July Sailor of the Year
  • Senator Barbara Bailey + 2018 Reserve Sailor of the Year Deburkarte
  • NAS Whidbey CNIC Large Installation Excellence Award Winner 2016 & 2017
  • President Smith presenting Navy flag to Bill D'Aoust, retired CPO on his 100th birthday
  • Navy League Past President - Steve Bristow
  • Thank You, VETERANS!

9 April 2020

On this date in . . .
from: http://www.scopesys.com    
1865 Robert E Lee & 26,765 troops, surrender to US Grant at Appomattox
1878 1st Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn
1963 Sir Winston Churchill proclaimed honorary U.S. citizen in White House ceremony

from: thisdayinusmilhist.wordpress.com

1867 – Passing by a single vote, the United States Senate ratifies a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska.
1941 – Commissioning of USS North Carolina, which carried 9 16-inch guns.
1941 – The U.S. and Denmark signed an “agreement relating to the defense of Greenland.” The Coast Guard, because of its experience in the Arctic environment, was the principal service to carry out the agreement. The first action seen by U.S. forces in World War II was the seizure of a Nazi weather station and the seizure of a Nazi vessel by the cutter Northland just before the United States declared war.
1942 – American General King surrenders 75,000 men (12,000 Americans) to the Japanese. A death march begins for the prisoners as they are taken to San Fernado, 100 miles away. Many thousands of them die on the march. Resistance continues in isolated areas of Luzon and other islands. General Wainwright and his troops continue to hold out on Corregidor Island. The prisoners were at once led 55 miles from Mariveles, on the southern end of the Bataan peninsula, to San Fernando, on what became known as the “Bataan Death March.” At least 600 Americans and 5,000 Filipinos died because of the extreme brutality of their captors, who starved, beat, and kicked them on the way; those who became too weak to walk were bayoneted. Those who survived were taken by rail from San Fernando to POW camps, where another 16,000 Filipinos and at least 1,000 Americans died from disease, mistreatment, and starvation. After the war, the International Military Tribunal, established by MacArthur, tried Lieutenant General Homma Masaharu, commander of the Japanese invasion forces in the Philippines. He was held responsible for the death march, a war crime, and was executed by firing squad on April 3, 1946.
1943 – Re-establishment of Commodore rank.
1945 – The Allied spring offensive begins with attacks by British 8th Army (General McCreery). Initially, the Polish 2nd Corps advances along Route 9 toward Imola supported by British 5th and 10th Corps the right and left flanks. The objectives of the offensive include Ferrara and Bologna while the US 5th Army, which is scheduled to begin operations on April 14th, is to strike at Bologna and past Modena to the Po River.
1945 – A Liberty ship loaded with aircraft bombs blows up in Bari harbor, Italy killing 360 and injuring 1730.
1945 – On Okinawa, there are unsuccessful attacks by US 24th Corps around Kakazu along the Japanese held Shuri Line. At sea there are less intense Kamikaze attacks. However, in two days of the Japanese suicide strikes have badly damaged 3 destroyers and 2 other ships.
1945 – In the Sulu Archipelago, the US 163rd Infantry Regiment, of US 41st Division, lands on Jolo. There is no Japanese resistance. Other 41st Division units land on Busuanga in the Calamian group.
1951 – Chinese communists opened the Hwachon Dam gates, flooding the Pukhan River Valley.
1953 – Marines regained “Carson” Hill during fighting in Korea.
1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first seven astronauts for the US first orbital flight in 1962 under the Mercury program: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
1963 – British statesman Winston Churchill was made an honorary U.S. citizen.


1.  To enhance the morale of active-duty personnel and their families,
2.  To inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services, and
3.  To support youth through programs that expose young people to the values of our sea services.



Contact Us  
Navy League
Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
Phone 360.720.8398
Mobile 360.720.8398
Regular Schedule  


  • 1st Tue. Monthly Mtgs @ CPO Club [Sep.-June]
    – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

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to the
Oak Harbor Area Council
of the Navy League
of the United States. 
We are civilians
in support
of the men and women
of the Sea Services.



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MEETINGS @ Whidbey Golf Club on Swantown Road

regular meetings
1st Tuesday
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Following are the tentative
dates IF/when we might
meet in the next 3 months

7 Apr 2020 cancelled
5 May 2020
2 June 2020
No meetings
in July and August

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