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February 6, 1942

The first destroyer escort built by the US for the British, HMS Bayntun, Boston Harbor, 8 Feb 1943. (US Navy photo 10381)

The first destroyer escort built by the US for the British, HMS Bayntun, Boston Harbor, 8 Feb 1943 (US Navy photo: 10381)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 6, 1942: Japanese take Samarinda, Dutch Borneo.

Germans take Benghazi, Libya.

US Congress approves $750 million for construction of 1799 ships for the Royal Navy, including 250 destroyer escorts; US Navy will end up saving all but 75 destroyer escorts for its own use.

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