This Day in Naval History - Feb. 20

Story Number: NNS011213-31Release Date: 12/13/2001 9:32:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1815 - During a night engagement off Madeira, Africa, the frigate Constitution, commanded by Capt. Charles Stewart captures HMS Cyane and HMS Levant.

1942 - While defending Lexington in a F4F "Wildcat" fighter, Lt Edward H. Butch O'Hare repeatedly attacks nine Japanese bombers and shoots down five and damaged a sixth. O'Hare is meritoriously promoted to lieutenant commander in April 1942 and awarded the Medal of Honor.

1945 - USS Pargo (SS 264) sinks Japanese destroyer Kokaze off Cape Varella, French Indochina and survives counter-attack by destroyer Kamikaze, which had been steaming in company with Nokaze during the attack.

1962 - Lt. Colonel John Glenn, USMC, becomes the first American to orbit the Earth. Recovery is by USS Noa (DD-841).

1962 - USS Dixie (AD-14) rescues a lone crewman aboard a sailing yawl adrift for four days.

1974 - The S-3A Viking Anti-submarine aircraft is officially introduced and given to Anti-Submarine Squadron Forty-One (VS-41).

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