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This Week in U.S. Military History, June 14-20

Compiled by Charles O’Leary

June 14, 1775: the u.S. Army is established. Happy birthday, army! Hooah!

June 15, 1944 [World War II]: The first B-29 raid strikes a factory in Japan.

June 16, 1943 [World War II]: U.S. forces repel a major Japanese air assault at Guadalcanal, downing 107 of 120 enemy aircraft.

June 17, 1945 [World War II]: Admiral Minoru Ota, commander of the Japanese naval base on Okinawa, commits suicide, signaling the end of the battle for that island stronghold.

June 18, 1944 [World War II]: The Battle of the Philippine Sea, the largest battle between opposing aircraft carriers in history, concludes.

June 19, 1973 [Vietnam War]: Congress passes the Case-Church Amendment, forbidding any further U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia.

June 20, 1924: Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. combat soldier in World War II, as a member of the 3rd Infantry Division, is born in Kingston, TX.

Survivors:

“All of us have been through a certain thing that nobody else has been through. It’s the old saying: You wouldn’t go through it for a million dollars again. And you wouldn’t take a million dollars for your experience.” –Raymond Brittain, who survived the Pearl Harbor attack while serving on the U.S.S. Tennessee

[From “Forever a Soldier”, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project]

This article is brought to you by Blackwell-Frazier Post 142 of the American Legion in Hominy, which reminds all veterans that the Post is still shut down due the Governor’s order and the COVID-19 virus.

Next Legion meeting is Thursday June 18, 2020 7 p.m. No meal. Stay safe everyone. Remember our veterans!