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Today in World War II History—Jan. 5, 1943

Cutaway and exploded view of a typical VT Fuze (VT Fuze Mk 53 Mod 5), 1950s (US Navy diagram)

Cutaway and exploded view of a typical VT Fuze (VT Fuze Mk 53 Mod 5), 1950s (US Navy diagram)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 5, 1943: US Fifth Army established in Oujda, Morocco under Lt. Gen. Mark Clark.

In the Solomons, light cruiser USS Helena is the first ship to use Mk. 32 VT proximity-fuzed 5-in shells in combat, shooting down a Japanese D3A carrier bomber with second salvo.

Scientist George Washington Carver dies in Tuskegee AL, age 81.

Patch of the US Fifth Army

Patch of the US Fifth Army