This Day in Naval History - April 05

Story Number: NNS011216-05Release Date: 12/16/2001 9:46:00 PM
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By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1943 - USS O'Bannon (DD 450) sinks the Japanese submarine RO 34 near Russell Island, Solomon Islands.

1944 - PB4Y aircraft (VB 109) sink Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 46 off Wake Island.

1946 - USS New (DD 818), named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Marine Pvt. 1st Class John D. New, is commissioned.

1946 - USS Missouri (BB 63) transports the body of the late Turkish Ambassador to the United States, Mehmet Munir Ertegun, home for burial, on a mission that was also made to influence Soviet Middle East policy.

1951 - During the Korean War, Hospital Corpsman Richard De Wert is killed in action while administering first aid to an injured comrade. He is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

1961 - A fire-fighting party from USS Prichett (DD 561) boards the burning Chinese tanker Kwang Lung at Kaohsiung Harbor, Taiwan, and extinguishes the fire before it spreads to a million gallons of gasoline.

2009 - USS Warrior (MCM 10) and USS Chief (MCM 14), along with the Mexican Navy, rescue two fisherman 36 miles off Mexico.

2014 - Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) is formally placed in commission during a ceremony in Coronado, Calif. This followed the ship's official commissioning which happened on Jan. 27, 2014 the same day she departed the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. where she was built.

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