This Day in Naval History - March 31


Story Number: NNS011215-32Release Date: 12/15/2001 6:37:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry negotiates the Treaty of Kanagawa, opening trade between U.S. and Japan. The treaty also provided protection for American merchant seamen wrecked in Japanese waters.
1917 - Rear Adm. James H. Oliver takes possession of the Danish West Indies for the United States, and they were renamed the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also becomes the first governor of the islands under American control.
1945 - USS Morrison (DD 560) and USS Stockton (DD 646) sink the Japanese submarine I 8, 65 miles southeast of Okinawa.
1992 - USS Missouri (BB-63), the last active American battleship, is decommissioned. Commissioned in June 1944, she served during World War II, notably for the location of the official Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. Today, the "Mighty Mo" is open for visitors in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, under the care of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc.

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