John Donne

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I've been compiling a virtual cemetery and bio sketches of the 33 officers, 378 sailors and about 25 marines of the United States Flagship (USFS) Olympia of Commodore George Dewey's small, seven-ship Asiatic Squadron who were on the ship's muster roll at the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898. This was the first significant conflict of the Spanish American War fought during April to August, 1898. It has been called "the Forgotten War" and "a splendid, little war". The first is mostly a true statement, and the second is mostly untrue, since few today would consider any war "splendid". But Manila Bay marked a significant progression in American History. Before Dewey calmly said to Olympia's captain, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley, " America and its Navy were not considered a global power. Overnight, with the complete vanquishing of Spain's Pacific Squadron in four hours, America earned that status. The gun captain of Olympia's forward 8" starboard gun who aimed and fired the first shot on Gridley' s oft-quoted order was Chief Bo'sun's Mate Patrick Murray, an Irish immigrant from Baltimore, who served 31-years in the Navy and earned seven Good Conduct awards. Research, photos of memorials, individuals or families and suggested edits are welcome.

"No man is an island entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if
a promontory were, as well as any manner
of thy friends or of thine own were;
any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne

"Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore." - Eccles 44:14

"We should strive to live in peace, before we hope to rest in peace." - Me

"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the lives of our ancestors by the records of history?" - Cicero, Roman orator

"Zeus guided mortals to have wisdom
and laid it down with authority
that from suffering comes learning.
And, in our sleep, at least, pain of unforgettable suffering
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
and wisdom comes to us against our will:
Perhaps the favor of the gods sitting on their
sacred throne comes about through force."
- Aeschylus, " Agamemnon", 176-183

"The past is never dead. It's not even past."
- William Faulkner

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