Today in U.S. Naval History: June 21
Friday, June 21, 2013
(Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 21

1898 - USS Charleston captures island of Guam from Spain

1945 - Okinawa declared secure after most costly naval campaign in history. U.S. had 30 ships sunk and 223 damaged, mostly from kamikaze attacks, with 5000 dead and 5000 wounded, while the Japanese lost 100,000 dead

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