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21 Dec 1938
  • HMS Ashanti (L51) was commissioned into service with Commander W. G. Davis in command. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Lord Gort recommended the British Chiefs of Staff that the United Kingdom must assist France in the defense of the Low Countries should they be challenged by Germany. To achieve this, he advocated the improvement of British infantry and armored divisions. ww2dbase [John Vereker | CPC]
United States
  • Charles Pownall was named the commanding officer of USS Enterprise. ww2dbase [Enterprise | CPC]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945