This Day in Naval History - Aug. 28


Story Number: NNS020718-41Release Date: 7/18/2002 4:54:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1867 - Capt. William Reynolds of the screw sloop-of-war, Lackawanna, raises the U.S. flag over Midway Islands and takes formal possession of these islands for the United States.

1891 - During a period of political unrest at Valparaiso, Chile, a landing party commanded by Marine Corps Capt. William S. Muse lands from USS San Francisco and USS Baltimore to protect American lives and guard U.S. Consulate.

1942 - 120 women are commissioned as ensigns or lieutenant junior grades and report to "USS Northampton," Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

1942 - PBY (VP 92) and Canadian corvette HMCS Oakville sink German submarine (U 94). USS Lea (DD 118) and Oakville pick up the survivors.

1952 - USS Boxer (CV 21) launches an explosive-filled drone which explodes against a railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. This mission marks the first guided missile launched from a ship during the Korean War.

1991 - A helicopter from USS America (CV 66) rescues three civilian sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80 miles off Cape May, N.J., after their sailboat capsizes.

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