Today in U.S. Naval History: October 25
Friday, October 25, 2013
Stephen Decatur, USN. 19th Century engraving by D. Edwin, after a Gilbert Stuart portrait. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 25

1812 - USS United States (Capt. Stephen Decatur) captures HMS Macedonian.

1924 - Airship, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), completes round trip transcontinental cruise that began on October 7.

1944 - During Battle of Leyte Gulf in Battle of Surigao Straits, U.S. battleships execute the maneuver of "crossing the tee" of the Japanese forces. In Battle Off Samar, escort carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts heroically resist attacks of Japanese Center Force. In Battle Off Cape Engano, 3rd Fleet carriers attack Japanese Northern Force sinking several small carriers.

1950 - Chinese Communist Forces launch first offensive in Korea.

1966 - Operation Sea Dragon logistics interdiction began.

1983 - U.S. Marines and U.S. Army troops land on Grenada to evacuate U.S. citizens threatened by the island's unstable political situation.

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