This Day in Naval History - Dec. 23

Story Number: NNS011214-07Release Date: 12/14/2001 2:58:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1803 - The schooner Enterprise, commanded by Lt. Stephen Decatur, captures the Turkish ketch Mastico with a cargo of female slaves as she is sailing from Tripoli to Constantinople under Turkish colors and without passports. Renamed Intrepid, the former Mastico is taken into U.S. service.

1826 - Capt. Thomas Catesby Jones of the sloop-of-war Peacock and King Kamehameha negotiate the first treaty between Hawaii and a foreign power.

1910 - Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson becomes the first naval officer sent to flight training when he was ordered to report to the Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Camp at North Island, San Diego, Calif.

1941 - Marine aviator Capt. Henry T. Elrod is mortally wounded as he helps defend Wake Island from the invading Japanese who eventually capture the island. Elrod is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

1944 - USS Blenny (SS 324), despite an escort vessel close by, sinks the Japanese merchant tanker Kenzui Maru off San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines.

1968 - The crew of USS Pueblo (AGER 2) are repatriated following their release by the North Korean government. The crew had been captured off Wonson on Jan. 23, 1968.

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