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Today in World War II History—May 23, 1942

US Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats, May 1943 (US National Museum of Naval Aviation)

US Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats, May 1943 (US National Museum of Naval Aviation)

75 Years Ago—May 23, 1942: US Navy orders production of Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter.

Coastal Picket Patrol (civilian “Hooligan Navy”) established under control of US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

San Francisco emergency vehicles are requested not to use sirens due to confusion with air raids.