This Day in Naval History – April 1

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1893 - Navy General Order 409 of 25 February 1893 establishes the rate of Chief Petty Officer as of this date.

1917 - Boatswain's Mate 1/c John I. Eopolucci, a Naval Armed Guard on board the steamship Aztec, died when the vessel was sunk by a German U-boat. He was the first U.S. Navy sailor killed in action in World War I.

1942 - First Naval Air Transportation Service (NATS) squadron for Pacific operations commissioned

1945 - Over 1200 Navy ships and Army troops begin invasion of Okinawa

1966 - The command, US Naval Forces Vietnam established

1967 - Helicopter squadron HAL 3 activated at Vung Tau

(Source: Navy News Service)