This Day in Naval History - March 22

Navy News Service
Thursday, March 22, 2012

  • 1820 - Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after a duel with Capt. James Barron.
  • 1915 - "Naval aviator" replaces "Navy air pilot" for officers qualified as aviators.
  • 1929 - Navy ships protect Americans and their property during a Mexican revolution.
  • 1946 - USS Missouri (BB 63) departs the United States to return the body of a deceased Turkish ambassador to Turkey for burial. Missouri arrived in Istanbul April 5.

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