As I work to figure out my tech problems, here’s an appropriate post for today.

tugster: a waterblog

Fleet Week is part of the official marking of Memorial Day in the six boros of NYC each year.  Maybe someone can tell me how long ago this tradition began.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA DDG-55 Stout receives greeting from Fort Hamilton

This is the day set aside to honor those who died in America’s wars, but the listing earlier in this sentence does not list all of the skirmishes that resulted in the death of American military personnel.  Take the Battle of the Pearl River forts aka Battle of the Barrier Forts.   Know the details?  I’ll tell you about it in a minute, but I stumbled upon this neglected, overgrown monument in NYC about five years ago.  The public couldn’t see it because it’s fenced off.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Barrier Forts Monument

As it turns out, the stonecutters misspelled two names here, and two others listed here as killed were not.

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The Barrier Forts Monument is located…

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