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From the Halls of Philadelphia to the Shores of Tripoli

The war in Libya is our third war of this century so far.  That seems like s stretch to make a Philadelphia connection but did you ever hear about the US Philadelphia?

USS Philadelphia

At the start of the 19th century we were also at war with Tripoli (Libya) and the Philadelphia was part of a blockade.  In the end the Philadelphia was captured.  In subsequent action in was then retaken and burned to the waterline by our boys.

Well that was a Philadelphia connection but what about Frankford.  Stephen Decatur was the commanding officer of the operation that took back the Philadelphia and burned her.  His family connections to Frankford run deep.

Thanks to the Naval Historic Center for the use of their picture from the web site.