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5 Inspiring Quotes from Navy Legends

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It’s time to celebrate another important birthday. Since it’s birthday No. 244, we’re obviously not talking about a person. No, we’re referring to one of the military branches of this fine country: The United States Navy. The official Navy Birthday is officially recognized as October 13, 1775, which is the date the Continental Congress established a naval force.

In honor of this momentous occasion, let’s take a look at five inspiring quotes from legends in the United States Navy’s history.

1. Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong - Navy Legends
Source: Wikipedia.

“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”

Sure, he’s more well-known for being the first person to walk on the moon, but Armstrong also served as a naval aviator during the Korean War.

2. Roy Boehm

Ray Boehm
Source: Spec Ops Magazine.

“Freedom is a fragile flower. It must be protected and cared for.”

The founder of the Navy SEALs, Boehm was a veteran of 30 years of military service who served in three wars and various other operations.

3. John Barry

John Barry - Navy Legends
Source: Wikipedia.

“No Sir, the thunder! If this ship cannot be fought without me, I will be brought on deck; to your duty, Sir.”

Known as the “Father of the U.S. Navy,” Barry spurned multiple offers from the British to command one of their vessels. Instead, he was loyal to the American cause.

4. John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy / JFK
Source: Wikipedia.

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

The 35th president of the United States was the commander of several PT boats during World War II and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroic action.

5. John McCain

John McCain - Navy Legends
Source: Wikipedia.

“Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.”

McCain was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star Medal for missions flown over North Vietnam. He then became a senator and presidential candidate.

Who are your favorite Navy legends? Let us know in the comments below. Semper Fortis!

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Comments (3)

  1. Just like the the signatures that we all know where actually obtained by a horse courier during battles and up to 7 documents . The one on display was never meant to survive for all of eternity but our love for freedom galvanized us to save all the history of our forefathers. They say the United states has endured many awful days it’s hard and wrong to pick one.
    But to my mind was when a newly elected president and the people here these words.
    We will remove from office by 2018 if not then by 2020.
    Last I checked that’s forethought to sedition or in simple terms
    Why the oath we take says orders of the president and defend both abroad and home
    Many have died to support our forefathers belief . Our constitution was not just signed by a few men .
    It was signed by every soldier sadly some signed it in blood as a testament to their enduring beliefe in freedom.

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