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Today in World War II History—Oct. 24, 1942

US Western Naval Task Force en route from US to French Morocco for Operation Torch, 26 October 1942. (US Army Center of Military History)

US Western Naval Task Force en route from US to French Morocco for Operation Torch, 26 October 1942. (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Oct. 24, 1942: Main detachment of Western Naval Task Force leaves Hampton Roads, VA & Casco Bay, ME for Operation Torch landings in Morocco, under Rear Adm. Kent Hewitt.

Australians secure Goodenough Island off New Guinea.

New songs in Top Ten: “Dearly Beloved,” “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.”