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Ireland 1956 FDC Commodore John Barry
Irish born, father of American Navy
Set of 2 First Day Covers, excellent condition
In 2003 the Irish Post Office issued a new John Barry stamp issued his honour,
making him one of an exclusive club to have more than one Irish stamp issued in his honour.
Date of Issue
SC 155/6, SG 162/3, Mi 126/7, Yv126/7
John Barry (1745?13 September1803) was an officer in the Continental Navyand later in the United States Navy
Barry was born in County Wexford, Irelandand appointed a Captain in the Continental Navy7 December1775. He commanded Lexingtonand Alliance. He was seriously wounded 29 May1781while in command of Alliance during her capture of HMS Atalantaand Trepassy. Appointed senior captain upon the establishment of the U.S. Navy, he commanded the frigateUnited Statesin the Quasi-Warwith France. He also had a hand in the establishment of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Commodore Barry died at Strawberry Hill, near Philadelphia, 13 September 1803, and was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Philadelphia.
Things named in his honor
- The Commodore Barry Bridge
- Commodore Barry Parkin Brooklyn, NY
- Four US Naval ships
- USS Barry (DD-2)(1902?/FONT>1920)
- USS Barry (DD-248)
- USS Barry (DD-933)(1956?/FONT>1983)
- USS Barry (DDG-52)(1992?)
- John Barry Hall at Villanova University
A statue dedicated to Commodore Barry stands in Franklin Square (Washington, D.C.). Another statue of the famous mariner stands overlooking the Crescent Quay in Wexfordtown in Ireland.