NEWS | Sept. 12, 2011

This week in Naval History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Sept. 11, 2002 - The "Don't Tread on Me" Navy Jack was flown by Navy ships marking the first anniversary of the terrorists attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

Sept. 12, 1966 - Gemini 11 is launched, piloted by Navy Cmdr. Charles Conrad Jr., and Lt. Cmdr. Richard Gordon Jr. Their mission lasted two days and 23 hours and included 44 orbits at an altitude of 1368.9 km. The crew and capsule were recovered by an HS-3 helicopter from USS Guam (LPH-9).

Sept. 13, 1939 - The Navy suspended transfers to the Fleet Reserve after 20 years of service and retained men on active duty as World War II loomed on the horizon.

Sept. 14, 1899 - The Gunboat Concord and monitor Monterey captured two insurgent schooners at Aparri, Philippine Islands.

Sept. 15, 1950 - U.S. forces under Vice Adm. Arthur Struble achieved an amphibious landing at Inchon, Korea

Sept. 16. 1966 - USS Oriskany helicopters rescued 44 crewmen from the British merchant ship August Moon near Hong Kong.

Sept. 17, 1861 - A Union landing party from USS Massachusetts took possession of Ship Island south of New Orleans, La. This became the headquarters for Adm.David Farragut's Gulf Coast Blockading Squadron.