Today in U.S. Naval History: October 21
Monday, October 21, 2013
Jerauld Wright (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 21

1797 - Launching of USS Constitution at the Hartts Boston shipyard, Boston, Massachusetts. The ship is now the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy.

1942 - British submarine lands Capt. Jerauld Wright, USN and four Army officers at Cherchel, French North Africa, to meet with a French military delegation to learn the French attitude toward future Allied landings.

1944 - Leyte Landings continue.

For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at

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