Today in U.S. Naval History: August 7

Posted by Eric Haun
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 7

1782 - Badge of Military Merit (Purple Heart) established

1942 - Navy Amphibious Task Force lands Marines on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands in first U.S. land offensive of World War II

1964 - Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed by Congress

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