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Today in World War II History—August 4, 1943

San Fratello Ridge, Sicily (US Army Center of Military History)

San Fratello Ridge, Sicily (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 4, 1943: US Seventh Army launches attack on San Fratello Ridge on Sicily’s north shore.

The US Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal is first awarded to a woman, Ens. Rosalie Thorne of the WAVES.

WAVES firing pistols at a range at Treasure Island Naval Base, CA, 11 Feb 1943 (US National Archives: 80-G-40594)

WAVES firing pistols at a range at Treasure Island Naval Base, CA, 11 Feb 1943 (US National Archives: 80-G-40594)

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