This Day in Naval History - July 14

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
From the Navy News Service

1813 - Lt. John Gamble, the first Marine to command a ship in battle (prize vessel Greenwich in capture of British whaler Seringapatam).

1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry lands and holds first meeting with Japanese at Uraga, Japan.

1882 - Sailors and Marines from four U.S. ships land to help restore order at Alexandria, Egypt.

1945 - U.S. warships bombard Kamaishi, Japan; first naval gunfire bombardment of Japanese Home Islands.

1950 - U.S. Marines sail from San Diego for Korean Conflict.

1952 - Laying of keel of USS Forrestal (CV 59), the first 59,900-ton aircraft carrier.

For more information on naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at

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