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  • Navy League President, Butch Bailey and his wife, State Senator Barbara Bailey
  • OHAC Navy League President & Mrs. Bailey and Burlington NJROTC
  • 2013 Sea and Shore Sailors and Marine of the Year
  • 2013 SOY & MOY Candidates
  • 2012 Veterans Day Speaker: Admiral McDaniel
  • 2013 P8 Tour
  • Wayne interviews participants at Military Appreciation Picnic 2013
  • Deception Pass Bridge - WELCOME TO WHIDBEY ISLAND
  • Welcome to Oak Harbor
  • Liftoff from carrier of EA6-B
  • 2013 Race Week
  • Deception Pass Bridge at Sunset
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Thursday 24 July 2014

On this date in . . .
1925 Scopes guilty of teaching evolution in a Tennesse High School,  and is fined $100 + costs

July 24
1813- Sailing Master Elijah Mix attempts to blow up British warship Plantagenet with a torpedo near Cape Henry, Virginia.
1944 - Following 43 days of naval gunfire and air bombardment, Naval Task Force lands Marines on Tinian.

July 25
1779 - Amphibious expedition against British in Penobscot Bay, ME
1863 - U.S. Squadron bombards Fort Wagner, NC
1866 - Rank of Admiral created. David G. Farragut is appointed the first Admiral in the U.S. Navy
1898 - Landing party from armed yacht Gloucester occupies Guanica, Puerto Rico.
1912 - First specifications for naval aircraft published.
1934 - First President to visit Hawaii, Franklin D. Roosevelt, reaches Hilo on board USS Houston
1941 - Bureau of Ordnance issues first Navy "E"certificates (for excellence) for industry.
1943 - Launching of USS Harmon (DE-72), first ship named for African-American.
1990 - USS Cimarron rescues 25 refugees adrift southeast of Subic Bay, Philippines.

July 26
1812 - Frigate Essex captures British brig Leander
1912 - First airborne radio communications from naval aircraft to ship (LT John Rodgers to USS Stringham)
1946 - CAPT Joy Bright Hancock appointed Director, Women's Naval Reserve.
1948 - President Harry S. Truman orders desegregation of the Armed Services.
1954 - 3 aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) shoot down 2 Chinese fighters that fired on them while they were providing air cover for rescue operations for a U.K. airliner shot down by a Chinese aircraft.

July 27
1953 - Korean War armistice signed at Panmunjon, Korea and Korean cease-fire went into effect at 10:00 PM.

July 28
1915 - Sailors and Marines land in Haiti to restore order
1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers.
1926 - Team of scientists from Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Institution determine height of the Ionosphere through use of radio pulse transmitter developed by NRL
1945 - USS Callaghan (DD-792) is last ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack, off Okinawa.
1973 - Launch of Skylab 3, the second manned mission to the first U.S. manned space station, was piloted by MAJ Jack R. Lousma, USMC with CAPT Alan L. Bean, USN as the Commander of the mission and former Navy electronics officer, Owen K. Garriott as Science Pilot. The mission lasted 59 days, 11 hours and included 858 Earth orbits. Recovery by USS New Orleans (LPH-11).

July 29
1846 - Sailors and Marines from U.S. sloop Cyane capture San Diego, CA
1918 - Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Queenstown, Ireland
1945 - U.S. warships bombard Hamamatsu, Japan.
1967 - Fire on board USS Forrestal killed 134 members of the crew.

July 30
1918 - Units of First Marine Aviation Force arrive at Brest, France
1941 - Japanese aircraft bomb USS Tutuila (PR-4) at Chungking, China; First Navy ship damaged by Axis during World War II.
1942 - FDR signs act establishing WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). During World War II, over 80,000 officer and enlisted women served in the WAVES.
1944 - Naval Task Force lands Army troops near Cape Opmarai, New Guinea.
1945 - Japanese submarine, I-58, sinks USS Indianapolis (CA-35) in Philippine Sea; 316 out of 1199 crew survived.
1967 - Fire on board USS Forrestal off the coast of Vietnam results in death of 134 crew.

July 31
1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur concludes agreement with Bey of Tunis to compensate U.S. for seizure of merchant ships during the War of 1812.
1865 - East India Squadron established to operate from Sunda Strait to Japan.
1874 - Commissioning of USS Intrepid, first U.S. warship equipped with torpedoes
1912 - First attempt to launch an airplane by catapult made at Annapolis.
1964 - All-nuclear task force with USS Long Beach, USS Enterprise, and USS Bainbridge leaves Norfolk, VA to begin voyage, Operation Sea Orbit, to circle the globe without refueling. They returned on 3 October.

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2 Sep 2014
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