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Though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.-- Sun Tzu
RONC is an acronym for "Republic of NantucketCutter." The commanding officers or officers-in-charge of Coast Guard cuttersthat are assigned to or visit Nantucket play the "Ring Game" with the NantucketAngler's Club for "ownership" of the cutter. If the skipper loses, thenthe Nantucket Angler's Club becomes the cutter's owner. The skipper is entitled todecide the newly acquired cutter's "RON" name. [It's all done infun.]
1781: The English army under Lord Cornwallis occupied Yorktown, Virginia.
1801: The American schooner Enterprise captured the Barbary cruiser Tripoli.
1861: Captain John Baylor claims most of the territories of Arizona and New Mexico for the Confederacy after he routs a Union force at Fort Fillmore in southern New Mexico.
1863: Confederate steamer Chesterfield, landing troops and ammunition at Cumming's Point, Morris Island, Charleston harbor, was taken under fire by a Union gunboat.
1864: Union General Ulysses S. Grant appoints General Philip Sheridan commander of the Army of the Shenandoah. Within a few months, Sheridan drove a Confederate force from the Shenandoah Valley and destroyed nearly all possible sources of Rebel supplies, helping to seal the fate of the Confederacy.
1914: Four days after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Germany and Russia declare war against each other, France orders a general mobilization, and the first German army units cross into Luxembourg in preparation for the German invasion of France.
1941: The Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo plane made its first flight.
1942: Ensign Henry C. White, while flying a J4F Widgeon plane, sank U-166 as it approaches the Mississippi River, the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard.
1943: Operation Tidal Wave: The American Eighth Air Force began staging a series of heavy bomber air raids against the oil fields and refineries around Ploesti.
1943: A Japanese destroyer rams an American PT (patrol torpedo) boat, No. 109, slicing it in two.