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Thread: April17th in USMC History......
04-17-03, 07:10 PM #1
April17th in USMC History......
1846: California; Lt Gillespie USMC arrives in Monterey, and delivers secret instructions to the American consul.
1849: Okinawa; Marines were on board the Sloop Preble when she became the first U.S. war ship to visit Okinawa.
1898: Force Structure; Commandant Heywood directs Lt Col Robert W. Huntington to form a unit for overseas service from East Coast barracks establishments.
1943: Aleutians; Part of VMO-155 goes on board Nassau (CVE-16) t0 participate in reconquest of Attu.
1953: Korea; In a planned effort, Mag-12 and Mag-33 complete a total of 262 sorties in this 24-hour period. The two jet squadrons of Mag-33 set records for sorties flown and ordnance dropped. The 30 pilots and 23 planes of VMF-115 tally 114 sorties and expend 120 tons of bombs.
1969: Technology; The Marine Corps receives its first 175mm self-propelled guns in Vietnam, to replace its 155mm self-propelled guns.
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