This Day in Naval History - Feb. 14

Story Number: NNS011213-25Release Date: 12/13/2001 9:27:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1778 - During the American Revolution, Continental ship, Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones, received the first official salute to a U.S. Stars and Stripes flag by a foreign government (the French fleet) at Quiberon, France.
1813 - During the War of 1812, the frigate Essex, commanded by Capt. David Porter, became the first U.S. Navy warship to round Cape Horn and enter the Pacific Ocean.
1814 - The frigate Constitution, commanded by Captain Charles Stewart captured the British Lovely Ann off Guiana and later the British schooner HMS Pictou,
1945 - USS Gato (SS 212) sank Japanese Coast Defense Vessel No.9 in the Yellow Sea. Also on this date, USS Hawkbill (SS 366) sank Japanese auxiliary submarine chasers Cha 4 and Cha 114 in the Java Sea.
1945 - Water Tender Second Class Elmer C. Bigelow died while heroically fighting a blaze after his ship, USS Fletcher (DD 445) caught fire from enemy shelling. Bigelow was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" and contributed greatly to saving the ship.

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