Located in front of Independence Hall, this chiseled visage pays tribute to the military contributions of Commodore John Barry during the American Revolutionary War. He is portrayed wearing his uniform and pointing onward into battle. Few Americans are well acquainted with the heroic exploits of Philadelphia's Irish-born naval commander. Known as the Father of the American Navy to most historians, Barry's fame has been overshadowed by his contemporary John Paul Jones. The accomplishments of Barry are numerous, including the capture of over 20 British war vessels, quelling three mutinies, and participating in the last battle of the war aboard the frigate Alliance in 1783.
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