My Beloved Father – Petty Officer 3rd Class / Machinist Mate – 70 Years ago
The U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre
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Happy 242nd Birthday to the Navy!
The United States Navy observes its birthday every year on October 13th. The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service has over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve.
On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the first American naval force. Thus began the long and prestigious heritage of the United States Navy. Between 1922 and 1972, the Navy’s birthday was celebrated on October 27th, the date of Theodore Roosevelt’s birth. Designated by the Navy League of the United States for Roosevelt’s foresight and vision in elevating the U.S. Navy into a premier force, the celebration of the Navy’s birthday has always been one of pride. The change to October 13 was seen as a more relevant date in line with the first official action legislating a navy. Since 1972, October 13 has been the officially recognized date of U.S. Navy’s birth.
A heartfelt “thank you” to all who have served, sacrificed their lives, and those that are currently serving.
~Let Love Lead the Way~ TP