This Day in Naval History - Jan. 05

press release
Thursday, January 05, 2012

From the Navy News Service:

 

  • 1855 - USS Plymouth crew has skirmish with Chinese troops.
  • 1875 - Cmdr. Edward Lull begins expedition to locate the best ship canal route across Panama.
  • 1943 - In the Southwest Pacific, USS Helena (CL 50) fired first proximity-fused projectile in combat, shooting down a Japanese divebomber in the process.
  • 1968 - Lt. Clarence W. Cote becomes the first male Nurse Corps officer in the regular Navy.

 

For more news, visit www.history.navy.mil.

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