This Day in Naval History – Dec. 14

Monday, December 14, 2009

1814 - British squadron captures U.S. gunboats in Battle of Lake Borgne, LA.

1944 - Rank of Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy (five star admiral) is established.

1945 - Captain Sue S. Dauser receives the first Distinguished Service Medal awarded to a nurse.

1965 - Navy announces completion of 1,272 ft. radio tower at North West Cape, Australia, highest manmade structure in the Southern Hemisphere at that time, as a link in fleet communications.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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