This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 8

Tuesday, March 08, 2011
1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry opens treaty negotiations with Japan
 
1862 - Ironclad ram CSS Virginia destroys USS Cumberland and Congress
 
1945 - Phyllis Daley becomes first African-American Ensign, Navy Nurse Corps
 
1958 - Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) is decommissioned, leaving the Navy without an active battleship for the first time since 1895.
 
1965 - Seventh Fleet lands first major Marine units in South Vietnam at Danang
 
(Source: Navy News Service)
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