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NEWS | Aug. 30, 2011

This week in Navy History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Aug. 28, 1991 - A helicopter from USS America (CV-66) rescued three civilian Sailors who spent 10 days in a lifeboat 80 miles off Capt May, N.J. after their sailboat capsized.

Aug. 29, 1964 - USS Boxer and two LSDs arrived off the coast of Hispaniola to give medical aid to Haiti and the Dominican Republic which were badly damaged by Hurricane Cleo.

Aug. 30, 1929 - Near New London, Conn., 26 officers and men tested the Momsen lung to exit submerged submarine USS S-4.

Aug. 31, 1943 - USS Harmon (DE-678) was commissioned becoming the first Navy ship named for an African American Sailor.

Sept. 1, 1945 - USS Benevolence (AH-13) evacuated civilian internees from two internment camps near Tokyo, Japan.

Sept. 2, 1945 - Japan signed surrender documents on board USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay. Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz signed for the U.S. In different ceremonies, Japanese forces on Palau Islands, Truk and on Pagan Island and Rota in the Marianas surrendered.

Sept. 3, 1782 - As a token of gratitude for French aid during American Revolution, the U.S. gave America (first ship-of-the-line built by U.S.) to France to replace a French ship lost in Boston.