Saturday, November 12, 2011

11-12-11, 11:12 A.M., In Harm's Way

Image of a portrait of Captain John Paul Jones. - Source: Cirker, Hayward ed. Dictionary of American Portraits. (New York: Dover, 1967) : 344. Painting by Charles Willson Peale. Courtesy Independence National Historical Park.]
Photo courtesy Naval History & Heritage Command

On November 16, 1778, American Navy Captain John Paul Jones (1747-1792) wrote a letter to the French government hoping they would provide for him a ship to use in the Americans' rebellion against the British.  In the letter he stated, "I wish to have no Connection with any Ship that does not Sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way."  His phrase "in harm's way" has most often been used to refer to people in the military who are sent "in harm's way" during wartime.

For more information, in addition to the above links, see the websites of the U.S.S. John Paul Jones and The Top 10 Quotes About & By the U.S. Marines.

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