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Photo of the USS Yorktown after it was hit by enemy fire.

BATTLE OF MIDWAY BEGAN 79 YEARS AGO TODAY, WITH USS YORKTOWN AMONG ITS MOST HALLOWED CASUALTIES

The USS Yorktown (CV5) rests beneath 16,650 feet of water in the Pacific Ocean, its name still, but barely, visible on the stern when famed oceanographer Robert Ballard located the wreckage in 1998. The carrier remains undisturbed as it has — and as it should — since sinking to the ocean floor three days after […]

241 YEARS AGO TODAY, JOHN PAUL JONES AND THE FIRST BONHOMME RICHARD MADE HISTORY

In one of the early great sea victories of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones commanded the Bonhomme Richard as it defeated two British warships, the Serapis and the Countess of Scarborough, off the coast of England on September 23, 1779. Early in 1779, King Louis XVI received a visit from Benjamin Franklin, dispatched by […]