Today in World War II History—December 21, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—Dec. 21, 1940: Author F. Scott Fitzgerald dies in Hollywood, age 44.
75 Years Ago—Dec. 21, 1945: US Gen. George S. Patton dies of infection in Heidelberg, Germany after a car accident on December 9.
USMC Sgt. Lena Basilone, widow of Medal of Honor recipient USMC Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, christens Gearing-class destroyer USS Basilone in Orange, TX.