The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
On October 14, 1941 USS Jupiter was the first vessel to
transit the Panama Canal from west to east.
Prewar and during World War II, the Panama Canal was considered part of the "Canal Zone" or "C.Z.". The canal was an important strategic assets allowing ships to cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and guarded by a series of forts, airfields and patrols at sea and in the air.
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November 13, 2014