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'Damn the Torpedoes – Full Speed Ahead': The Navy’s first Admiral was a Hispanic Hero
15.04.2021 Rolando Machado
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David Farragut

David Glasgow Farragut was the U.S. Navy’s first full admiral. At the time of his death in 1870, Farragut had served a total of 59 years in uniform. 

Two separate classes of destroyers and five total U.S. Navy ships have been named in his honor.  The current USS Farragut (DDG 99) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer based in Mayport, Fla.

Farragut’s father, Jordi Farragut Mesquida, was a merchant mariner born in Minorca, Spain. Emigrating to the United States in 1766, he commanded a small merchant ship trading goods across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.  

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