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Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, USMC

 
 
Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, USMC Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 17, 2008
1. Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, USMC Marker
Inscription. First American to raise U.S. flag on foreign soil at Battle of Derne on shores of Tripoli, April 27, 1805. Led attack that overcame Barbary Coast pirates who were holding 180 American seamen for ransom. O'Bannon came to Logan County in 1807. Served in State Legislature 1812, 17, 20-21 and Senate 1824-26. Died in 1850. Remains moved to Frankfort, 1919.
 
Erected 1973 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 1465.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 11.634′ N, 84° 51.896′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker is on East Main Street (U.S. 60, 460). Click for map. Located in the Franklin Cemetery. Follow the main road to the Kentucky State War memorial. Tall monolith on a rise in the middle of the cemetery, about 1/4 mile south of the entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Daniel Boone's Grave (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frankfort State Hospital And School Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Daniel Boone - Pioneer / Grave of Daniel Boone
Kentucky State Military Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 17, 2008
2. Kentucky State Military Memorial
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Frankfort (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Winnie A. Scott Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ruth Hanly Booe 1891-1973 (approx. half a mile away); Melodye Park (approx. half a mile away); State Arsenal (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Frankfort.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers related to Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, USMC.
 
Also see . . .  To The Shores Of Tripoli. An article by Christopher Hitchens published in Time Magazine on Monday, Jul. 05, 2004. Page 5 mention's "Lieut. Presley O'Bannon of the Marine Corps..." (Submitted on July 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Marine Corps Hymn, with O'Bannon's feat highlighted.
From the halls of Montezuma To the shores of Tripoli,
    We fight our countrys battles In the air, on land, and sea,
        First to fight for right and freedom , And to keep our honor clean,
   
Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, USMC Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 17, 2008
3. Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, USMC Marker
        We are proud to claim the title Of United States Marines.
Our flags unfurl'd to every breeze From dawn to setting sun.
    We have fought in every clime and place Where we could take a gun.
        In the snow of far-off northern lands And in sunny tropic scenes,
            You will find us always on the job - The United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps Which we are proud to serve;
    In many a strife we've fought for life And never lost our nerve.
        If the Army and the Navy Ever gaze on Heaven's scenes,
            They will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines.
    — Submitted July 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

 
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Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, original Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 17, 2008
4. Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, original Marker
Lt Presley N O'Bannon Sept. 12, 1826 Aged 74 Years The Hero of Derne, Tripoli Northern Africa, April 27, 1805 as Captain of the United States Marines. He was the First to Place the American Flag on Foreign Soil.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,632 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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