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Captain Gridley aboard the U.S.S. Olympia
Captain Gridley aboard the U.S.S. Olympia

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Commodore George Dewey Was Born
December 26, 1837

Within six hours, Dewey's squadron of six ships, including the flagship U.S.S. Olympia with Captain Gridley at the helm, had sunk every ship in the Spanish fleet. There were few casualties and no loss of lives on the American side. On August 13, 1898, U.S. troops occupied Manila, bringing the United States closer to an ultimate victory in the Spanish-American War. Dewey brought the U.S. recognition as a major naval power. The acquisition of the Philippines gave the United States a strong presence in the Pacific. Commodore Dewey became a national hero.
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