John Barry – July 19,1776

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s July 19, 1776. I’m with Commander John Berry on the deck of the Continental ship Lexington, and we’re in a fierce battle against the British ship Edward.

JG: “Commander Barry, do you think you can capture this tender?”

JB: “Aye, Mr. Gillespie. We will not only capture it, we will rule the seas before this war is over!”

Well, America did not rule the seas. Commander Barry did capture the first British ship in the American Revolutionary War.

Read more about Commodore John Barry.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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