1799 - William Balch becomes Navy's first commissioned Chaplain.
(Source: Navy News Service)
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Today in U.S. Naval History - September 17
1861 - Union landing party from USS Massachusetts takes possession of Ship Island, Mississippi. This was the headquarters for Adm.