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NEWS | June 1, 2011

This week in Navy History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

May 29, 1781 - the frigate Alliance captured HMS Atalanta and Trepassy off the coast of Nova Scotia.

May 30, 1814 - Navy gunboats captured three British boats on Lake Ontario near Sandy Creek, N.Y.

May 31, 1900 - Sailors and Marines from USS Newark and USS Oregon arrived at Peking, China with other Sailors and Marines from Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan to protect U.S. and foreign diplomatic legations from the Boxers.

June 1, 1813 - HMS Shannon captured USS Chesapeake commanded by Capt. James Lawrence. As the mortally wounded Captain Lawrence was carried below, he ordered "Tell the men to fire faster! Don't give up the ship!" These words would live on in naval history. Oliver Hazard Perry honored his dead friend Lawrence when he had the motto sewn onto the private battle flag flown during the Battle of Lake Erie, Sept. 10, 1813.

June 2, 1941 - The first aircraft escort vessel, USS Long Island (ACG-1), was commissioned and then reclassified as an auxiliary aircraft carrier (AVC-1), August 20 and finally reclassified as an escort carrier (CVE-1) in July 1943.

June 3, 1949
- Wesley Brown became the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy.

June 4, 1942 - The Battle of Midway began; during the battle, four of the Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor were sunk; this decisive U.S. victory was a turning point in the Pacific war