70 Years Ago—Aug. 6,
1943: Battle of Vella
Gulf: US Navy sinks 3 Japanese destroyers in Solomons, ending Japanese plans to
reinforce New Georgia. US Seventh Army takes Troina, Sicily after heavy fighting—most
Germans evacuated night before. Gen. Terry Allen of and his deputy Brig. Gen.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (Pres. Teddy Roosevelt’s son) removed from command of US
1st Infantry Division.