NEWS | Oct. 25, 2011

This week in Naval History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Oct. 23, 1944 - The Battle of Leyte Gulf, a series of separate battles, began with attacks on Japanese ships.

Oct. 24, 1962 - Atlantic Fleet began quarantine operations to force the Soviet Union to agree to remove ballistic missiles and long range bombers from Cuba.

Oct. 25, 1983 - U.S. Marines and U.S. Army troops landed on Grenada to evacuate U.S. citizens threatened by the island's unstable political situation.

Oct. 26, 1922 - Lt. Cmdr. Godfrey deC. Chevalier made the first landing aboard a carrier (USS Langley) while the ship was underway off Cape Henry, Va.

Oct. 27, 1864 - Lt. William Cushing, sank the Confederate ram Albemarle with a spar torpedo attached to the bow of his launch.

Oct. 28, 1864 - The steamer General Thomas and the gunboat Stone River destroyed Confederate batteries on the Tennessee River near Decatur, Ala.

Oct. 29, 1980 - USS Parsons (DDG-33) rescued 110 Vietnamese refugees 330 miles south of Saigon.