This Day in Naval History - June 14

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

From the Navy News Service

1777 - John Paul Jones takes command of Ranger.

1777 - Continental Congress adopts design of present U.S. Flag.

1847 - Commodore Matthew Perry launches amphibious river operations by Sailors and Marines on Tabasco River, Mexico.

1940 - Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Naval Expansion Act to construct ships to increase Navy's tonnage by 11 percent.

1985 - Steelworker 2nd Class Robert D. Stethem of Underwater Construction Team 1 was killed by militant Shi'ite hijackers of TWA Flight 847. He later received a Bronze Star for his heroism.

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