Wednesday, April 28, 2010

...To The Shores Of Tripoli...

April 27, 1805 (I'm a day late and a dollar short, I know. Sorry, Presley)

Presley Neville O'Bannon: Born in Fauquier County, Virginia, O'Bannon entered the Marine Corps January 18, 1801. As a first lieutenant assigned to the USS Argus (1803), he commanded a detachment of seven Marines in General William Eaton’s little force in the War with Tripoli. During the combined operations with the U.S. Navy, he led the successful attack in the Battle of Derna April 27, 1805, giving the Marines' Hymn its immortal “to the shores of Tripoli”.

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