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 Richard Somers, Jr

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Richard Somers, Jr

  • Birth 15 Sep 1778 Somers Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 4 Sep 1804 Libya
  • Burial Tripoli, Tarabulus, Libya
  • Memorial ID 73309051

United States Naval Officer. He entered the United States Navy in 1798 as a Midshipman aboard the frigate "USS United States". Promoted to Lieutenant in 1799, and Second Lieutenant in 1800, in 1801 he transferred to the frigate "USS Boston", serving in the first campaign against the Tripoli pirates through 1802. In 1803 he became commander of the schooner "USS Nautilus". In this capacity he served on blockade duty. In August 1804 Somers commanded Gun Boat Division One in battles against the pirates around Tripoli. On August 28 he volunteered to commanded the "USS Intrepid" to destroy the pirate flotilla in the harbor. On September 4, 1804, while carrying out his mission, the "Intrepid" exploded killing Somers and 12 other men aboard.

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  • Originally Created by: Dan Silva
  • Added: 13 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73309051
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Somers, Jr (15 Sep 1778–4 Sep 1804), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73309051, citing Green Square, Tripoli, Tarabulus, Libya ; Maintained by Find A Grave .