U.S. Navy Birthday

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The US Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October 1775, by authorizing procurement, fitting out, manning and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America.  The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise the work.  All together, the Continental Navy numbered some 50 ships over the course of the war, with approximately 20 warships active at its maximum strength.

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In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R. Zumwait, authorized recognition of 13 October as the Navy’s birthday.  Not to be confused with Navy Day (the founding of the Navy Department), the Navy Birthday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees and dependents.  Since 1972, each CNO has encouraged a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion “to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.”

Although written by a Royal Navy Admiral in 1896, “The Laws of the Navy” began to appear in the US Naval Academy’s “Reef Points” Plebe Handbook and is still there today.  The sketches were added by Lt. Rowland Langmaid R.N. during WWI.

Beginning of "The Laws of the Navy"

Beginning of “The Laws of the Navy”

Part 2

Part 2

Part 3

Part 3

End of "The Laws of the Navy"

End of “The Laws of the Navy

Click on images to enlarge!

 

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Navy Humor – 

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HAVE A BALL - BUT DON'T ROCK THE BOAT!!

HAVE A BALL – BUT DON’T ROCK THE BOAT!!

Lady Popeye

                                                                      Lady Popeye

for you submariners

for you submariners

for you surface-vessel types...

for you surface-vessel types.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Russell Allen – Lovell, ME; US Navy, Vietnam

Francis Currey – Selkirk, NY; US Army, WWII, ETO, TSgt., Medal of Honor

Joseph Gildea – Hollidaysburg, PA; US Army, Occupation, 593rd Ordnance / US Navy, Vietnam, Capt., USS Rush & Hancock, US Naval Graduate

Everett Grabau – Spring Valley, MN; US Navy, WWII

K.Wayne Hays – Van Buren, AR; US Navy, WWII, pilot

Joe Irwin – St. Shelbyville, TN; US Navy, WWII, PTO

Rocco Lombardi – Ivoryton, CT; US Navy, WWII, LST-616

Richard McConville – Teaneck, NJ; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Missouri

Robert L. “Cajun Bob” Thoms – Baton Rouge, LA; USMC, Vietnam, SSgt., Silver Star

Alex Wolffenden – New Smyrna Beach, FL; US Navy, WWII

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on October 13, 2019, in Current News, Home Front, Korean War, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 150 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the reminder, GP. Sorry I didn’t see it until now.

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    • I’m certain they will still appreciate it, John.
      So, in advance, 10 November – USMC Birthday & British Remembrance Day / 11 November – U.S. Veterans Day & Canadian Remembrance Day

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  2. Happy Birthday to our Navy!

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  3. GP,
    I finally heard back from Sarah. Had an e-mail today. They have been busy, and struggling in grief, as you can imagine. 😦
    She didn’t remember the details of her Dad’s military service. She said looking through his blogs would be the way to find out the info…so when I responded back to her e-mail just now, I told her you had done that. And that you had honored him in your Farewell Salutes. 🙂
    She said she will be posting on his blog in the next week or so.
    HUGS,
    Carolyn

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  4. happy birthday Navy! I really like the sketches the added to the law pages…
    enjoyed this post G

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  6. Wau… Great! Happy birthday!!

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  7. Admire your research gp, well done, The US Navy have certainly come a long way since its inception, now the most formidable Navy around the globe, definitely a lot to be proud of, and unfortunately, a lot to be saddened for.

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  8. Several Mekemson brothers were involved in the first Naval efforts, G, fighting at Ft Mifflin, helping row Washingtons army across the Delaware, etc. There is an excellent book that traces the Pennsylvania Navy and the defense of the Delaware by John W. Jackson, 1974, Rutgers University Press. –Curt

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    • Fantastic, Curt. I never knew. Doesn’t that put you on the register for First Families?
      Funny how history is stored. Info on PA and the Delaware River are in a NJ university.

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      • I’d love to go back and play with genealogy, G. It’s so much fun and I have always enjoyed historical research. You once said you might get into genealogy more, if I remember correctly. Is that still something you want to do? –Curt

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        • I’d like to look into my mother’s side of the family. I have her father’s citizenship certificate, but it only partly agrees with what is on a census I happened to find. When this blog is finished, I need to get my father’s WWII stuff together and categorized, plus whatever I’ve collected by then, for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and then yes, I will get into some genealogy. I imagine that’ll be around mid-2020 – I hope.

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  9. Happy Birthday to our Navy. May you keep sailing on.

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  10. I should do a bit of research then…..1775 The Marines. I just missed my history by one year so not all that bad. Which makes sense since the Marines enter into the “category” of Navy.
    Interesting read for a history buff like me.

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  11. The US navy at least can say the “won up” on the U.S Marines, they were born one year earlier.

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  12. I need to share this post with a friend. Thanks for the history lesson and the recognition.

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  13. Thank you to all men and women who serve our country. Happy Birthday U.S. Navy! My dad served in it during WWII.

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  14. Happy Birthday USN!

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  15. Happy Birthday, Navy!
    I have had (they have passed), but I, also, still have some wonderful sailors in my life!
    ⚓️ 🚢 ⚓️
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  16. We used to have a member of parliament called “Lembit Opik” and the other MPs called him “The Living Anagram”. Perhaps I should get a piece of paper and a pen and have a go at “Elmo R. Zumwait,” surely the most unusual name I have ever come across.
    In the meantime, Happy Birthday, US Navy, and Many Happy Returns!!

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  17. Happy birthday to the Navy!

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  18. “The Laws of the Navy” really is great, and the illustrations are superb. Thanks for sharing those, especially — although I certainly grinned at some of the cartoons, too.But that’s what birthdays are for: remembering, and having fun!

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  19. USS “Constitution”, now the world’s oldest sailing ship still able to sail under her own power, firing a 17-gun salute in honour of Independence Day on 4 July 2014 in her home port of Boston (image found on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constitution#/media/File:USS_Constitution_fires_a_17-gun_salute.jpg)

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  20. Thank you for the reminder. I meant to put the various service birthdays on my calendar, but haven’t done it yet. I re-blogged your post.

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  21. Happy Birthday, Navy!

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  22. Thank you for your continuous sharing.

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  23. Yes, Happy Birthday US Navy.

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  24. Wonderful, GP. RT and FB

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  25. What a pleasure to read the Laws of the Navy again!
    And still the incomprehension of the fighting man as to what exactly goes on in the heads of those directing his operations….

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  26. Loved the rules and especially the drawings. Happy Birthday to the US Navy!

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  27. Your photos are amazing! Love all your writings, especially!

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  28. Happy Birthday US Navy! Thanks for your service. I love the Laws of the Navy. Will show it to Matt since he is a navy man.

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  29. Thank you, GP, for this post. As my father was a Navy officer in WWII and Korea, I appreciate the knowledge of the Navy’s heritage. Dad loved serving that branch for 23 years and, even later in the Reserves, enjoyed his time at sea.

    One of my favorite stories in his WWII war notes: Following 2 bouts of Malaria in the Solomons, he was reassigned as Seamanship Instructor at the US Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School, Notre Dame, where he served for the remainder of the war.
    “We operated training craft out on Lake Michigan. Once dispatched to Jacksonville, Florida with several recruits, we took delivery of a 104-foot rescue boat. I sailed it down around the Florida Keys, west across the Gulf of Mexico, and all the way up the Mississippi and Chicago Rivers without the aid of a pilot. I enjoyed it immensely, as no one shot at us along the entire trip. It was my last fling as a Navy boat skipper.”

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  30. A salute to you for saluting our Navy! 😊

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  31. Proud to have had family serve!

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  32. Happy birthday to the U.S. navy, and all whom served. Best wishes, Michael

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  33. Had to Reblog this on eQuips. Thanks, GP! Did you ever read ADM Gallery’s books? One of his semiautobiographical books set during WWII talked about his time as CO of a jeep carrier. His sonarmen were listening for submarines. The lookouts on deck spotted two whales having an intimate moment. At that point one of the sonar techs piped up, “I hear screw noises.”

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  34. Happy Birthday to your navy!!🎂🍻 I can see a Garfield type kitty paddling furiously haha!

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  35. Standing near Lake Champlain, I saw surprised to see a sign declaring Whitehall to be the birthplace of the United States Navy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitehall,_New_York
    Today may be the birthday, but several places claim to the be the birthplace!
    Thank you for the post, I love Lt. Rowland Langmaid’s drawings!

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  36. Happy Birthday to your navy, GP. And congratulations to every sailor for their loyal service.
    I enjoyed reading those ‘rules’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  37. Thank you, Pat, for sharing their day with your readers!!

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  38. I appreciate you helping to share the celebration with your readers!!

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