This Day in Naval History - June 25

Story Number: NNS020418-33Release Date: 4/18/2002 9:40:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1859 - Though the U.S. is neutral in the Spanish Opium War, Capt. Josiah Tattnall offers the use of the U.S. steamer Toey-Wan to the British and French during the Battle of Taku Forts to receive wounded and dead troops.

1917 - During World War I, the first Navy convoy of troopships carrying the American Expeditionary Forces arrives in France. The 14 troopships depart on June 14 from New York, which includes the 5th Marine Regiment.

1942 - USS Nautilus (SS 168) sinks the Japanese destroyer, Yamakaze, southeast of Yokosuka, Japan.

1944 - Marine PFC Harold G. Epperson serves as a Machine Gunner in action against Japanese forces at the Battle of Saipan, Mariana Islands. During the furious battle, he bravely remains at his post and aggressively defends his battalion's position. When an enemy soldier hurls a hand grenade into his emplacement, he selflessly throws himself upon it, sacrificing his life to save his comrades. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" on this occasion, he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

1950 - North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War. Two days later, President Harry S. Truman supports the United Nations call and authorizes US naval and air operations south of the 38th Parallel, Korea.

1956 - Fleet Adm. Ernest J. King dies at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in New Hampshire.

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