On This Day…October 19th
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The USS Ticonderoga leaving San Diego for Vietnam on this day in in 1966. While in Vietnam the Ticonderoga launched 11,650 combat missions. She was awarded her second Navy Unit Commendation for services in that conflict.
A year earlier, in 1965 the Ticonderoga had one infamous incident where she ‘lost’ a nuclear missile in Japanese waters. A Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was lost overboard on December 5th with the loss of pilot, aircraft, and the B-43 nuclear bomb it was carrying. No public mention was made of this until 1981.
On 19th October 1915 the German army launched a 10-mile wide gas cloud attack (chlorine/phosgene mix) on Fort Pompelle near Reims, leaving 815 French dead. This photo shows German troops preparing the canisters and mortars.