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USMC artist Charles Waterhouse (1924-2013) painting of U.S. Marines led by Lieutenant Presley N. O’Bannon attacking Barbary fortress of Durna in 1805 to rescue kidnapped crew of USS Philadelphia, after marching across 600 miles of Libyan desert to “shores of Tripoli” in the First Barbara War.

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HISTORY CORNER: U.S. Navy and Marines defeat Barbary pirates
December 27, 2020 1 a.m.

HISTORY CORNER: U.S. Navy and Marines defeat Barbary pirates

Thomas Jefferson stops attacks on American ships

Thomas Jefferson had barely been inaugurated as President before having to deal with a major thorn in the side of the fledgling United States — attacks on American shipping by Muslim pirates in the Mediterranean, so he sent Stephen Decatur with a small fleet of warships to stop them.