NELSON'S AMERICAN EQUIVALENT [?] WHO AFTER THE DEFEAT OF THE SPANISH FLEET IN THE PHILIPPINES  BECAME A NATIONAL HERO. HOWEVER, HIS ICONIC STATUS WAS RIDICULED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN HE  DECIDED TO RUN FOR THE OFFICE  AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HE FAILED TO GET THE DEMOCRAT NOMINATION AND FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE U.S. POPULATION AS AN IDOL. THE PLANNED GRANITE [OR MARBLE] MEMORIAL TO HIS ACHIEVEMENT GOT AS FAR AS A MODEL MADE OF WOOD AND PLASTER AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ABANDONED. AFTER A PERIOD HIS NAME FELL FROM FROM THE FRONT PAGES  RATHER UNFAIRLY, AND IS NOT KNOWN TODAY EXCEPT FOR A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE.

The aim of this web page is to make known his name to Royal Naval personnel, who it is claimed, started to take note of the abilities of the United States Navy after this event giving it the great respect it has today globally.  How we, the R.N. would love some decent war vessels particular efficient and seaworthy SSN's not to mention some decent carriers - nuclear OF COURSE - and some FAA fixed wing assets. We appear to have lots of white elephants which is so embarrassing!

That name is Admiral George DEWEY.

Many of you will remember the 'old' days when thousands of Royal sailors roamed the waters of the Far East Station {before that known severally as the East Indies Station and the China Station [Fleet]} and in particular the many exercises we took part in centred on the Philippines, specifically SUBIC BAY: some of you more adventurous sailors will remember the run-ashore at Olongapo! My memories go back as far as the late 50's, so there will be a goodly number which pre-dates my time. Approximately, just 50 years before we enjoyed the sunshine and the Tiger Tops, this man Dewey had just taken the Philippines from the Spaniards and the islands of this great landmass became part of the USA.

At the time of Dewey's victory over a large Spanish Fleet [recorded as an armada] and a well dug-in Spanish Army ashore, the American people, quite naturally, took Dewey to their hearts, thinking of him being as important as any sailor in history and a true warrior by any definition.

Not everybody thought along these lines!

From Canada came this mild put-down, saying in as many words that had Dewey met up with a formidable enemy [my words - say the British fleet]  the outcome would have been very different, but because he was up against Spaniards, the credit for his destruction of such an inept fleet should be tailored to take account of that fact.

But and not unnaturally, in fact to be expected without reserve, the Americans put an entirely different slant on it.

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In the paragraph above, the last three sentences have to be taken as meaning that the British were impressed with Dewey's fleet and his personal performance. Why shouldn't they have been ?

So, in the hope that I have whetted your appetite, I will begin the story proper. Note that these quotes above all come from the following text. Also, and for your understanding [and thus enjoyment] on pages 327 and 328 of the book from which this story is taken - there are ONLY 35 pages in all of the Dewey story so don't be alarmed! - we read of the captain of USS Raleigh [Captain Coghlan] taking the mickey out of arrogant and bullying Germans. On page 327 Hock der Kaiser  means Praise [or hail] the Kaiser officially for Germans, but is a ridicule for non Germans not well liking of them. The little poem below tells us that only the Kaiser and God are in charge [Und Gott meaning - and God]. The poem on page 328 tells us how the Kaiser sees himself to mankind in all cases adding God to his team, but none other! Verses two and three are about the French. The fourth and fifth  verses are Britain and Queen Victoria when we were fighting the second Boer War [1899-1901] with the Kaiser saying that only God and he owns this hemisphere - obviously  the southern, but did he mean the northern or perhaps the universe? The Americans hated the British with true venom for plundering the land of the Boer, seen by everybody as an underdog and wanting to actively take up the Dutch side.  In many ways, the Americans associated the bullying British with George Washington's revolution against George III's bullying British which led to their independence. History shows that his prediction on line three of verse five didn't come to fruition in 1918 when we knocked his soldiers in der grey coats dead! Captain Coghlan was disciplined later on for the insult. Rather surprisingly, despite Hitler declaring a Godless society or German nation, the buckles of the Nazi army soldiers belt  had manufactured into them  GOTT MIT UNS [God with us] as shown here!

 

This is web site/page addition to the book story of Admiral DEWEY. It is designed to be read after you have read the main story manifest in the PDF below.

However, just in case you forget to do that here it is now: it can be read before or after Admiral DEWEY's story.

WEB site and page comment on the 1900 Presidential Election.pdf

When you open this file,  ignore the graphics showing you the number 12 and scroll down a little to start the story first having set your desired magnification factor to say 100, or above for the small print. Dewey was appointed to take command of the U.S., Asiatic Fleet as an acting rear admiral with the substantive rank of Commodore. When he returned home after his victory in the Philippines at Manila he was created an admiral, the very first admiral in the United States Navy.

The story of Admiral George DEWEY United States Navy Commander of the USN's Asiatic Fleet.pdf for the first battle of the Spanish - American war of 1898.

Before you leave to go your merry way, you will of course be au fait with the saying that either the film or the book [of any subject] is better or worse than the other, or read the book before you see the movie etc! Well be assured that that is relevant to books and the internet, usually Wikipedia and its variants in this case. The book I have chosen is an American book called 'OUR TIME 1900-1925' by Mark Sullivan, First print run March 1926, followed by a further seven print runs, the last being January 1927. So, in less than one year, the clamour for this book by the American people was so great, that it required almost a print run every five to six weeks. The data in it differs wildly from that found in Wikipedia,  for example on this site https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish%E2%80%93American_War which covers part of the same story told in my pdf  "The Story of Admiral George Dewey........." above, only there are many differences!

Enjoy and goodbye.