Today in U.S. Naval History: August 28

Posted by Eric Haun
Thursday, August 28, 2014
U.S. aircraft carrier USS Boxer (CVA-21). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 28

1867 - Capt. William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S.

1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as ENS or LTJG, reported to "USS Northampton," Smith College for training.

1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict.

1965 - Cdr. Scott Carpenter and nine aquanauts enter SeaLab II, 205 ft. below Southern California's waters to conduct underwater living and working tests

1991 - A helicopter from USS America (CV-66) rescues three civilian sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80 miles off Cape May, N.J. after their sailboat capsized.

1992 - Navy and Marine forces begin providing disaster relief after Typhoon Omar hit Guam

1992 - Marines and Army forces begin providing disaster relief in Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.

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