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USN 1938

The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

On October 14, 1941 USS Jupiter AC-3 was the first vessel to transit the Panama Canal from west to east.

Wartime History
Prewar and during World War II, the Panama Canal was considered part of the "C.Z." or "Canal Zone" or "Panama Canal Zone". The Panama Canal was an important strategic assets allowing ships to cross from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, and guarded by a series of forts, airfields that patroled the sea and airspace.

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May 22, 2017


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