This Day in Navy History

Wednesday, October 03, 2007
October 3, 1921 - USS Olympia sails for France to bring home the Unknown Soldier from World War I 1955 - USS Saipan (CVL-48) begins disaster relief at Tampico, Mexico rescuing people and delivering supplies. Operations ends 10 October. 1962 - Launch of Sigma 7 (Mercury 8) piloted by CDR Walter M. Schirra, Jr., USN. In a mission lasting 9 hours and 13 minutes, he made 6 orbits at an altitude up to 175.8 statute miles at 17,558 mph. Recovery by USS Kearsarge (CVS-33). [Source: www.history.navy.mil]

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