This Day in Naval History - Nov. 04


Story Number: NNS020719-16Release Date: 7/5/2002 4:04:00 AM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1923 - Lt. Alford J. Williams, flying an R2C-1 equipped with a Curtiss D-12 engine, raises the world speed record to 266.59 mph at Mitchel Field, Long Island, N.Y., beating the record set by Lt. Harold J. Brow only two days before.

1951 - Capt. William F. Guss becomes the first Marine pilot to shoot down a Russian built MiG-15 while flying with the Fifth Air Force in an F-86 Sabre during the Korean War.

1955 - Gioconda R. Saraneiro becomes the first appointed female captain in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. Initially appointed a lieutenant junior grade in the WAVES during World War II in 1943, she left the Navy to teach and start a private practice. She returned to the Navy in 1949 and retired in June 1966. Capt. Saraneiro died in 1983.

1967 - Landing craft from USS Navarro (APA 215) rescues 43 men from British SS Habib Marikar, which ran aground on a reef at Lincoln Island in the Tonkin Gulf.

1971 - USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN 636) launches a Poseidon C-3 Missile in the first surface launch of the weapon.

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