NEWS | Aug. 23, 2011

This week in Naval History - Aug. 26

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Aug. 21, 1980 - USS Truxtun rescued 42 Vietnamese refugees and USS Merrill rescued 62 Vietnamese refugees 200 miles southeast of Saigon.

Aug. 22, 1945 - The first surrender of a Japanese garrison at the end of World War II occurred when USS Levy received the surrender of Mille Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Aug. 23, 1864 - Rear Adm. David Farragut's squadron captured Fort Morgan and won control of Mobile Bay, Al.

Aug. 24, 1814 - The British invaded Maryland and Washington, D.C.; Sailors burned ships at the Washington Navy Yard to prevent capture by the British.

Aug. 25, 1942 - Five U.S. Navy nurses who became Prisoners of War on Guam were repatriated.

Aug. 26, 1865 - The Civil War ended. At the time, the Union Navy had more than 58,500 men and 600 ships.

Aug. 27, 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships entered Sagami Bay near Tokyo, Japan, as World War II came to an end.