Today in U.S. Naval History - July 14
1813 - Lt. John M. Gamble, the first marine to command a ship in battle (prize vessel Greenwich in capture of British whaler Seringapatam)
1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry lands and holds first meeting with Japanese at Uraga, Japan
1882 - Sailors and Marines from four U.S. ships land to help restore order at Alexandria, Egypt.
1945 - U.S. warships bombard Kamaishi, Japan; first naval gunfire bombardment of Japanese Home Islands.
1950 - U.S. Marines sail from San Diego for Korean Conflict.
1952 - Laying of keel of USS Forrestal, the first 59,900 ton aircraft carrier.
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