Arago: 1-cent Jones & Barry

1-cent Jones & Barry

The 1-cent green Navy commemorative stamp issued December 15, 1936, features portraits of Admiral John Paul Jones at the left and Commodore John Barry at the right, with contemporary sailing ships in the center. Jones was a Revolutionary War hero. In a desperate battle against British Captain Richard Pearson, Jones was asked if he was ready to surrender. At that, Jones called out his famous reply, "I have not yet begun to fight!" Barry was also a hero of the Revolution. When the navy was reconstituted after the war, he became senior commander of the fleet. He is referred to as the "Father of the American Navy."

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