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Today in World War II History—5 May 1944

The Benz Patent-Motorwagen of 1888, used by Bertha Benz for the first long-distance road trip, 106 km by automobile. (Public domain via Wikipedia)

The Benz Patent-Motorwagen of 1888, used by Bertha Benz for the first long-distance road trip, 106 km by automobile. (Public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—5 May 1944: Adm. Soemu Toyoda takes command of Japanese Navy Combined Fleet.

Bertha Benz, wife of Karl Benz and the first person to drive an automobile over 100 kilometers, dies in Ladenburg, Germany, age 95.

USS Comfort is commissioned, the first hospital ship staffed by both Army and Navy personnel.