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NEWS
May 20, 1986 | United Press International
Cyclone Namu slammed into Guadalcanal and the rest of the Solomon Islands with winds up to 140 m.p.h., causing widespread destruction that left thousands of villagers homeless and as many as 50 missing, reports said today.
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NEWS
November 11, 1988 | Associated Press
President Reagan signed legislation Thursday granting a World War II veteran injured at Guadalcanal the disability benefits he was denied by the Navy because he lied about his age when he enlisted at age 12. Reagan said Calvin L. Graham "is a veteran of Navy and Marine Corps service who has honorably served his country." The act provides that dental injuries Graham suffered at the Battle of Guadalcanal will be considered a permanent service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty.
BOOKS
August 3, 1986 | Ronald Spector, Spector, professor of history at the University of Alabama, is the author of "Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan." and
Last April, the Japanese held a special national celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Hirohito. A figure out of the history books, he is, at age 85 not only the world's longest reigning monarch but the most long-lived of all his 124 predecessors in an imperial line that Japanese tradition holds stretches back more than 26 centuries.
SPORTS
June 5, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- Big Brown, who has had success starting from the outside, will test the inside in Saturday's $1-million Belmont Stakes. Big Brown, attempting to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 30 years, got post position No. 1 in Wednesday's draw at Belmont Park and was installed as the 2-5 favorite. Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby from the 20th and outside post and the Florida Derby from the 11th and outside post. So the rail wasn't what trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. wanted.
OPINION
July 22, 2010 | By William J. Astore
When I was a kid in the 1970s, I loved reading accounts of American bravery during World War II. And I was proud that my uncle had earned a Bronze Star for his service on Guadalcanal. So it came as something of a shock when, in 1980, I first heard Yoda's summary of warriors and war in "The Empire Strikes Back." Luke Skywalker, if you remember, tells the wizened Jedi master that he seeks "a great warrior." "Wars not make one great," Yoda replies. I was struck by the truth of that statement even then, as I was preparing for a career in the military.
NEWS
August 7, 1987 | From Reuters
The Navy has delayed further escorting of Kuwaiti tankers in the Persian Gulf until at least next week, when American minesweeping helicopters begin work in the war-torn waterway, defense officials said today. "The convoy is being delayed and probably will not be run until late next week at the earliest," one of the officials, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters. Officials said the U.S.
NEWS
October 16, 1985
A helicopter carrying 19 Marines plunged into the Atlantic Ocean while taking off from a ship for maneuvers before dawn, and officials said 15 were killed. The CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter crashed in 50 feet of water about four miles offshore from Jacksonville, N.C., authorities said. The Marines were based at Camp Lejeune and its New River Air Station. The four survivors were rescued by military divers and were listed in good condition aboard the ship Guadalcanal, Marine officials said.
NEWS
July 29, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger has ordered the Navy to send eight minesweeping helicopters to the Persian Gulf, where they will operate from a helicopter carrier, Pentagon officials disclosed today. The order was issued Tuesday night and the departure of the copters from Norfolk, Va., aboard Air Force C-5 transport planes is "imminent," the sources said. The development is not expected to delay the departure, anticipated Friday, of a Navy-escorted convoy of tankers from Kuwait.
WORLD
April 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The explosives-laden wreck of a World War II torpedo boat has risen from the Pacific Ocean off the Solomon Islands, pushed above the water by a powerful earthquake, an official said Friday. The boat was exposed when reefs rose 10 feet above sea level during a magnitude 8.1 quake that caused a tsunami early this month, killing 52 people, said Jay Waura of the Solomons' National Disaster Management Office.
NEWS
November 14, 1992 | From Associated Press
With tears, T-shirts and photographs, veterans on Friday remembered the five Sullivan brothers and 700 other sailors killed when a Japanese torpedo sank their ship 50 years ago at Guadalcanal. The deaths of Madison, Albert, Joseph, George and Francis Sullivan--who served together on the cruiser Juneau because they refused to be separated--were the greatest loss of life from one family in U.S. naval history. "I saw the darn thing coming," said Lester Zook, one of four survivors still living.
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