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This Day in Naval History - 31 January

January 31, 2012

From the Navy News Service:


  • 1944 - A U.S. amphibious landing takes place on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.
  • 1961 - Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. becomes the first African-American to command a combat ship, USS Falgout (DER 324).
  • 1981 - The era of enlisted naval aviators ends when the last pilot retires.


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