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523Re: [tr-m] Contribution to "he is everywhere" thread

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  • John A. Gable
    Jun 2, 2003
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      What is meant is that President Theodore Roosevelt had the body of John Paul Jones returned to the US from France in 1906 and re-buried in a most impressive tomb in the crypt of the Chapel at Annapolis. Jones died in France and was buried in a Protestant cemetery, which was later covered over by the construction of buildings. It was quite a job to find the body. Then the body was brought back by the Navy with great pomp and circumstance.  TR did this to give the Navy a major historical icon, whereas of course the Navy during the Revolution,in Jones's day, did not amount to much. It was the French Navy that fought for us on the high seas in the Revolution.
                                             John Gable
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      Subject: [tr-m] Contribution to "he is everywhere" thread

      In this week's The New Yorker (June 2, 2003, page 94) is a review of a new book, John Paul Jones, by Evan Thomas:

      "The (John Paul) Jones revered today is, as Thomas explains, largely the creation of Theodore Roosevelt, who wanted a role model for the Navy's officer corps."

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