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Naval History and Heritage Command

Commodore Stephen Decatur

Portrait of an early 19th century naval officer
Description: Engraving, by David Edwin after Gilbert Stuart, C. 1815, Framed Dimensions 13H X 11W
Accession #: 2008-058-0777
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Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) joined the Navy as a midshipman in 1798.  He gained early fame in the Tripolitan War in February 1804 when he led a covert expedition into Tripoli Harbor to destroy the captured U.S.S. Philadelphia.

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