The five Sullivan brothers served aboard the USS Juneau that was struck by Japanese sub-launched torpedoes during the Battle of Guadalcanal. After the second hit, the Juneau sank quickly with leaving only ten survivors. The five brothers were among those who perished, prompting the U.S. War Department to adopt the Sole Survivor Policy (DoD Directive 1315.15 -Special Separation Policies for Survivorship), which is a set of regulations that are designed to protect members of a family from the draft or from combat duty if they have already lost family members in military service.
Loss of USS Juneau (CL-52) during Battle of Guadalcanal results in loss of Five Sullivan Brothers.
Civilian Eugene Ely pilots first aircraft to take-off from a ship, USS Birmingham (CL-2) at Hampton Roads, VA. He lands safely on Willoughby Spit, Norfolk, VA.
Although U.S. lost several ships in Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Naval Force under Rear Admiral Willlis Lee, USS Washington (BB-56), turns back Japanese transports trying to reinforce Guadalcanal. The Japanese never again try to send large naval forces to Guadalcanal.
Launch of Skylab 4 under command of U.S Marine Corps Lt. Cmdr. Gerald P. Carr.The missions lasted 84 days and included 1,214 Earth orbits.Recovery by USS New Orleans (LPH-11).
Navy sets up Special Projects Office under Rear Adm. William F. Raborn to develop a solid propellant ballistic missile for use in submarines. Nov. 18, 1954 — Nov. 11 designated as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars.
USS Maine,first American battleship, is launched.
At the request of President of Dominican Republic, U.S. Naval Task Force sails to Dominican Republic to bolster the country’s government and to prevent a coup.