This Day in Naval History - Dec. 25

Story Number: NNS011214-09Release Date: 12/14/2001 3:22:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1863 - Confederate batteries on John's Island attack USS Marblehead near Legareville, S.C. in the Stono River and sustain 20 hits as USS Pawnee and mortar schooner C. P Williams add firepower to the return bombardment. After more than an hour, the Confederates break off the engagement and withdraw. Medals of Honor are given to Boatswain's Mate William Farley and Quartermaster James Miller for their actions during the engagement, while Contraband Robert Blake, an escaped slave, also receives a Medal of Honor for bravery while manning the rifle gun.

1943 - Planes from USS Bunker Hill (CV 17) and USS Monterey (CVL 26) sink Japanese transport Tenryu Maru and damage the minesweepers W.21 and W.22. Also on this same date, USS Skate (SS 305) torpedoes and damages the Japanese battleship Yamato northeast of Truk.

1944 - USS Barbero (SS 317) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks transport Junpo Maru. The previous day, while attacking the same convoy, Barbero sinks Japanese submarine chaser Ch 30.

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