Daily Almanac for Friday, February 23, 2024

By Lady Houston

On this date in 1919, USS Osmond Ingram, first U.S. naval vessel named for an enlisted man, was launched. Here is the USS Osmond Ingram (DD-255). 1922 photo. By U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 78138, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


USS Osmond Ingram (DD-255/AVD–9/APD-35) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II. She was named for Gunners Mate First Class Osmond Ingram, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor.

Construction and commissioning

Osmond Ingram was laid down 15 October 1918 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation‘s Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts; launched 23 February 1919; sponsored by Mrs. N. E. Ingram, mother of Osmond Ingram; and commissioned at Boston 28 June 1919. She was designated AVD–9 from 2 August 1940 until 4 November 1943; reverted to DD–255 until 22 June 1944; and completed her service as APD–35.


After several years’ Atlantic service in fleet operations, Osmond Ingram decommissioned 24 June 1922 and went into reserve at Philadelphia. Converted to seaplane tender, she recommissioned 22 November 1940 and sailed for San Juan, Puerto Rico, her home port from 15 January 1941. She tended patrol planes through the area bounded by TrinidadAntigua, and San Juan, then sailed to base in the Panama Canal Zone tending patrol craft at Salinas, Ecuador, and in the Galápagos Islands through June 1942.

Now assigned to the Pacific, Osmond Ingram continued her war service with escort duty en route New York via Panama to San DiegoPearl HarborEniwetok, and Ulithi. She sailed 2 April 1945 with an assault force for Okinawa, and until that island was secured, alternately escorted fast convoys to Saipan and Guam and patrolled the seaward defense lines for Hagushi Anchorage. During July, she escorted ships between Leyte and HollandiaNew Guinea; in August, began patrols through the Philippines and to Borneo. After the end of the war she aided in the occupation of Japan, calling at WakayamaKure, and Nagoya until sailing for home.


Osmond Ingram decommissioned at Philadelphia 8 January 1946, was struck from the Navy List 21 January 1946, and was sold for scrapping to Hugo Neu 17 June 1946.

Osmond Ingram received 6 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for World War II service.

Osmond Kelly Ingram, posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor and the first American sailor killed in World War I. 1918 photo. No photographer credited – The Christian Herald (at the Internet Archive,) Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org


Osmond Kelly Ingram (August 4, 1887 – October 15, 1917) was a sailor in the United States Navy during World War I who received the Medal of Honor posthumously. He was the first American sailor to die in World War I.


The main flagpole and colors at the former Naval Training Center, San Diego are named Ingram Plaza in his honor

USS Osmond Ingram (DD-255), a Clemson-class destroyer, served in the United States Navy during World War II. Osmond Ingram was decommissioned at Philadelphia on January 8, 1946, and was struck from the Navy List on January 21, 1946. It was sold for scrapping to Hugo Neu June 17, 1946.

Kelly Ingram Park is also named in his honor. It is a 4-acre (1.6 ha) park located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Illustrator C. B. Falls painted the incident aboard USS Cassin when Ingram lost his life.

There is a Veterans of Foreign Wars post named after him in Birmingham, Alabama.


Question of the Day

How do you kill ants that come into the house? Our house is on a concrete base. They seem to come through the heating ducts in the concrete. The pipes are clay, and the ants live there summer and winter.

Sprinkle hot pepper flakes near the ducts where the ants come in. If that doesn’t work, try ground cloves. Also wipe the area where you see the ants with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water.

Advice of the Day

Don’t turn a chair with one foot as the pivot. It will lead to family quarrels.

Home Hint of the Day

Can’t get around that radiator to paint behind it? Check with your local paint store; you’ll probably find it stocks paint rollers about 1-inch thick and 7-inches long, with 24-inch handles, for just such predicaments.

Word of the Day


1 hogshead=63 gallons

Puzzle of the Day

What men may be said to be made from trees?



  • George Frederic Watts (artist) – 
  • W.E.B. Du Bois (founder of the Niagara Movement, which eventually merged with the NAACP) – 
  • Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (actress and producer) – 
  • Patricia Richardson (actress) – 
  • Dakota Fanning (actress) – 
  • Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary (daughter of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria; first royal birth in 30 years) – 


  • John Quincy Adams (6th U.S. president) – 
  • Melvin Franklin (Motown singer) – 
  • Gordon Matthews (inventor of voicemail) – 
  • Charlie Fox (1971 manager of the year with the San Francisco Giants and spent a half-century in baseball as an executive, manager, coach, and scout) – 
  • Don Cornell (big band singer) – 


  • Cato Street Conspiracy foiled– 
  • The siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas– 
  • Liberty Bell developed its final irreparable crack after tolling for Washington’s birthday celebration– 
  • Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield– 
  • First powered flight in Canada (by John Alexander Douglas McCurdy in Silver Dart) took place in Baddeck, Nova Scotia– 
  • USS Osmond Ingram, first U.S. naval vessel named for an enlisted man, was launched – 
  • Federal Radio Commission established– 
  • U.S. rocket mail flight across Greenwood Lake, New York, to New Jersey– 
  • Song As Time Goes By, from movie Casablanca, copyrighted– 
  • The most memorable WW II photo was taken by Joe Rosenthal of members of the 5th Division of the U.S. Marines planting an American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan– 
  • The existence of Dolly the sheep, the first successful cloned mammal, was announced– 
  • Chloe Hegland kept soccer ball aloft with 163 touches in 30 seconds– 


  • Blizzard stranded 750 motorists in the Sierra Nevada region of California– 
  • 97 degrees F, San Antonio, Texas– 



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