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Today in World War II History—January 2, 1940 & 1945

Charles Edison, 1945 (US National Park Service photo)

Charles Edison, 1945 (US National Park Service photo)

80 Years Ago—January 2, 1940: Charles Edison (son of Thomas) becomes Secretary of the Navy.

Adm. Sir Bertram Ramsay, Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces, at his London Headquarters at Norfolk House, 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

Adm. Sir Bertram Ramsay, Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces, at his London Headquarters at Norfolk House, 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 2, 1945: Adm. Sir Bertram Ramsay, Allied Naval Commander in Chief, Expeditionary Force, dies in a plane crash at Toussus-le-Noble, France.