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Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr. was born in Sinnepuxent, Maryland, 5 January 1779. He died in Washington D.C., 22 March 1820. He is buried in St. Peter's Churchyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Appointed Midshipman U.S. Navy, 30 April 1798. Lieutenant 21 May 1799. Captain 16 February 1804. He served as Midshipman on the USS United States, 1798-1799, War with France. Was recognized for conspicuous for gallantry in War with Tripoli, 1803-1804 during the recaptured the USS Philadelphia from the Tripolitans, in the harbor of Tripoli, and destroyed her, 16 February 1804. War of 1812, distinguished for the capture of the HMS Macedonian 25 October 1812; commanded the USS United States at this time. In the spring of 1814 commanded the President and a squadron of three vessels, in the West Indies and flew the pennant of Commodore. 15 January 1815, the USS President had a severe engagement with the British West India Squadron, and surrendered after having lost a quarter of her crew and being surrounded by three frigates Decatur was made prisoner, taken to Bermuda, and from there sent to New London on parole, in the British frigate HMS Narcissus. After peace was declared with Great Britain, Decatur commanded the U.S. Mediterranean Squadron and secured the final treaty of peace with the Barbary Powers. From 1816 to 1820 he was Navy Commissioner. He received the thanks of Congress and a sword for his service before Tripoli and a gold medal for distinguished service in the War of 1812. His sad death from a duel with Commodore Barron was deeply deplored by the whole country. His remains were temporarily deposited in the tomb of Joel Barlow at Washington, but later removed to Philadelphia. Five ships of the United States Navy have been named Decatur, in his honor.
US Navy photo # KN-2779
|147k||USS Decatur "Beating round 'Cape Freward': Straits of Magellan, Dec: 1854".
Artwork, signed by "J.Y.T.".
US Naval History an Heritage Command photo # NH 325.
|147k||USS Decatur "Struck by a squall. 'Off Cape Quod' ... Strait of Magellan, Nov. 23, 1854".
Artwork, signed by "J.Y.T.".
US Naval History an Heritage Command photo # NH 2777.
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|02||CDR. Farragut, David Glasgow||1 June 1842 - 28 February 1843|
|03||CDR. Abbot, Joel||5 August 1843 - 3 January 1845|
|04||CDR. Pinkney, Richard S.||1 May 1847 - 9 July 1847 (Died)|
|05||CDR. Byrne, Edmund||9 July 1847 - 15 November 1849|
|06||CDR. Green, William||1850 - 21 August 1852|
|Decommissioned||21 August 1852 - 12 July 1853|
|07||CDR. Whittle, William Conway||12 July 1853 - 16 June 1854|
|08||CDR. Sterett, Isaac S.||16 June 1854 - 13 June 1856|
|Decommissioned||13 June 1856 - 1856|
|09||CDR. Middleton, Edward||1856|
|Decommissioned||? - 8 January 1857|
|10||CDR. Thatcher, Henry Knox||8 January 1857 - 20 June 1859|
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