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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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!