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Today in World War II History—Apr. 13, 1942

Navigation Officer Gerald Ford taking a sextant reading aboard the USS Monterey, 1944 (The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum)

Navigation Officer Gerald Ford taking a sextant reading aboard the USS Monterey, 1944 (The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum)

75 Years Ago—Apr. 13, 1942: Future president Gerald Ford is commissioned as an ensign in the US Navy.

Vice Adm. Robert Ghormley is designated Commander, South Pacific Area.