This Day in Naval History - Dec. 19

Story Number: NNS011212-07Release Date: 12/12/2001 4:01:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1870 - After a month at sea in a 22-foot boat, Coxswain William Halford, the lone survivor of five, reaches Hawaii to seek help for crew of the side-wheel steamer Saginaw, wrecked near Midway Island. Rescuers reach the 88 Saginaw survivors Jan. 4, 1871.

1941 - The U.S. Naval Academy class of 1942 graduates six months early due to the national emergency.

1943 - USS Grayback (SS 208) sinks the Japanese destroyer Numakaze, which attacked Grayback the previous day, 50 miles east-northeast of Naha, Okinawa.

1944 - USS Redfish (SS 395) sinks the Japanese carrier Unryu 200 nautical miles southeast of Shanghai, China. In the course of this engagement, Redfish is damaged and terminates her patrol early.

1944 - PB4Y-1s (VPB 104) attack a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea and sink transport Shinfuku Maru.

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