This Day in Naval History - Aug. 30

Story Number: NNS020718-42Release Date: 7/18/2002 4:56:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1923 - USS Colorado (BB 45) is commissioned. Notable during her pre-WWII service, she helps in the search for missing aviator, Amelia Earhart, in 1937. During WWII, USS Colorado serves in the Pacific during World War II, hit by kamikazes in Nov. 1944 at Leyte.

1929 - At New London, Conn., 26 officers and men test the Momsen lung to exit the submerged USS (S 4). Following the salvage and repairs on (S 4), she is used to develop equipment/techniques for sub salvage.

1942 - USS Calhoun (APD 2), is sunk by Japanese land attack planes (Kizarazu and Misawa Kokutais) off Lunga Point. 51 crewmembers die. High speed transport, USS Little (APD 4), and chartered freighter, Kopara, emerge undamaged from the attack.

1944 - U.S. tanker, Jacksonville, steaming in convoy (CU 36), is torpedoed by German submarine (U 482) while en route to Loch Ewe, Scotland; the gasoline cargo explodes, giving little chance for the 49-man merchant complement or the 29-man Armed Guard to abandon the blazing ship, which breaks in twain at the second massive explosion. USS Poole (DE 151) rescues a fireman and one Armed Guard gunner, Jacksonville's only survivors. Escort vessels use depth charges and gunfire to scuttle the after section of the ship; the forward section sinks on its own accord. Note, on Nov. 25, 1944, HMS Ascension sinks (U 482) in the North Atlantic of the Shetland Islands.

1945 - Rear Adm. Robert B. Carney and Rear Adm. Oscar C. Badger accept the surrender of Yokosuka Naval Base. The Headquarters of Commander, Third Fleet is then established there. Also on this date, USS San Juan (CL 54) evacuates Allied POWs from Japan.

2007 - USS Denver (LPD 9) renders medical assistance to an ailing fisherman on board a Qatari-flagged bow while conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Persian Gulf. After 46 years of service, the amphibious transport dock is decommissioned Aug. 14, 2014.

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