Posts Tagged ‘military history’

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Whose birthday am I celebrating today?

August 23, 2012

We have met the enemy, and they are ours.

Oliver Hazard Perry – who, symmetrically, was born and died on August 23 – 1785 and 1819, respectively.

Born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, with a history of accomplished Naval officers on both sides of the family, Oliver served in the War of 1812, initially supervising the construction of naval vessels and the training of their crews for battling the British on Lake Erie.  In 1813 he engaged the British fleet off Put-in-Bay.

The British anticipated an easy victory and the early fighting went in their favor.  After losing his flag ship, Perry sailed for the ship Niagara and was able to ram the lead British ship while firing rifles on the crew.The Battle of Lake Erie became a decisive victory for the Americans.  As a result, Perry became a popular hero and is memorialized throughout the area.

Perry Monument, Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio

References

Ohio History Central

Midwest Connection

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What do we remember today?

August 4, 2012

The founding of the US Coast Guard:

The Coast Guard’s official history began on 4 August 1790 when President George Washington signed the Tariff Act that authorized the construction of ten vessels, referred to as “cutters,” to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling.  Known variously through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as the “revenue cutters,” the “system of cutters,” and finally the Revenue Cutter Service, it expanded in size and responsibilities as the nation grew.

Click here for the Anniversary message to be read at muster of the officers and crew on August 4 on board each vessel of the Revenue Cutter Service.
Renamed in 1915, the Coast Guard is one of the oldest services in the United States.

Happy Birthday and Semper Paratus