Today in U.S. Naval History: June 4

Posted by Eric Haun
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
USS Enterprise (CV-6) steaming at high speed during the Battle of Midway (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 4

1934 - USS Ranger, first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is commissioned at Norfolk, Va.

1942 - Battle of Midway (June 4-6) begins; during battle, the four Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk; this decisive U.S. victory is a turning point in the Pacific war

1944 - Hunter-killer group USS Guadalcanal captures German submarine, U-505

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