Stephen Decatur III

Stephen Decatur III (1779 - 1820)

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Commodore Stephen Decatur III
Born in Sinepuxent, Maryland, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married in Norfolk, Virginiamap
[children unknown]
Died in Bladensburg, Maryland, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Sep 2014
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Categories: Congressional Gold Medal | United States Naval Academy | United States Navy | Namesakes US Counties | United States Navy, War of 1812 | Notables.

Stephen Decatur III was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in the War of 1812.

Commodore Stephen Decatur III served in the United States Navy in the War of 1812
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"In 1820, America had many heroic men, but one was considered the greatest hero of all. He had helped define a new and growing U.S. Navy, fought heroically through four wars, battled pirates, dueled with fellow officers to protect his honor, and received the fame, fortune, and recognition for his great deeds from the country he loved so well. He was Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr.".......Elisabeth Wilson

He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

USS United States engaging HMS Macedonian


  • Five U.S. states have named counties in honor of Commodore Decatur. They are: Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
  • In honor to Stephen Decatur, five U.S. Navy ships have been named USS Decatur.
  • At the urging of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the U.S. Post Office Department issued a series of five stamps honoring the U.S. Navy and various naval heroes, Decatur being one of the few chosen, appearing on the 2-cent issue, along with fellow officer Macdonough.
Stephen Decatur and Thomas MacDonough U.S. 2 cent stamp

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Stephen Decatur
Stephen Decatur

USS United States engaging HMS Macedonian
USS United States engaging HMS Macedonian

Decatur Congressional Gold Medal
Decatur Congressional Gold Medal

Decatur Congressional Gold Medal Reverse
Decatur Congressional Gold Medal Reverse

Stephen Decatur and Thomas MacDonough U.S. 2 cent stamp
Stephen Decatur and Thomas MacDonough U.S. 2 cent stamp

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