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Today in Naval History
June 14
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1777 - The Continental Congress adopts the design of present U.S. flag of 13 stripes and 13 stars.
1985

1775

The Continental Congress authorizes the enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year, establishing the United States Army. 

1777

John Paul Jones takes command of the Continental Navy sloop USS Ranger. While commanding Ranger, the ship receives the first official salute to the Stars and Stripes flag by the French fleet at Quiberon Bay.

1777

The Continental Congress adopts the design of present U.S. flag of 13 stripes and 13 stars.

1847

Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry conducts the second expedition against Tabasco, Mexico, also known as the Battle of Villahermosa.

1945

PB4Y aircraft bomb Japanese shipping off Banjarmasin, Borneo and sink Japanese (No. 470) shuttle vessel.

1985

Steelworker Second Class Robert D. Stethem, of Underwater Construction Team ONE, is tortured and killed by terrorist hijackers of TWA Flight 847. He posthumously receives the Bronze Star for his heroism during this situation.