This Day in U.S. Navy History – January 5

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

1855 - USS Plymouth crew skirmish with Chinese troops

1875 - CDR Edward Lull begins expedition to locate best ship canal route across Panama. Route followed 30 years later.

1943 - USS Helena (CL-50) fired first proximity fused projectile in combat and shot down Japanese divebomber in southwest Pacific.

1968 - First Male Nurse Corps officer in Regular Navy, LT Clarence W. Cote.

(Source: Navy News Service)

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