Saturday, October 27, 2018

Happy Navy Day

Today is a holiday according to the Holiday Insights Website. It's Navy Day.

The website says:
In the United States, Navy Day is commonly celebrated on October 27th.  This date was selected as it was the birth date of  President Theodore Roosevelt, an avid supporter of the U.S. Navy. In the 1970's, researchers determined that the birthday of the U.S. Continental Navy was October 13, 1775. At the time, efforts were made to move Navy Day to this date. However, Navy Day in the United States is still largely recognized as October 27th.

I'm an Army man myself. No one in my family ever served in the Navy except my Uncle Marvin Lee Ferguson. 

In December of 1941, he was on the USS California in Hawaii. He sent pictures home of him riding what looked like a Moped. In the photograph, he had on his Navy white uniform with his Dixie Cup hat. 

He looked like he was having the time of his life. He was dead before Christmas. 

He died in the opening hours of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The county where I live named the only VFW in his honor.

He died before I was born. Though I never met Uncle Marvin, I think we would have been buds. 

I would love to have heard him tell stories about sailing the high seas and sing bawdy sailor songs. 

All I have of my uncle is a few photographs and some stories that my mama told me about him.

Anyway, happy Navy Day Uncle Marvin. 


  1. First, I am so sorry for falling off and not commenting. I just feel like it got away from me. It’s sad when all we have are a few photos and some memories from someone who loved this person and we never had a chance. H does look like he was having a good time and someone who seemed to enjoy life. He is a hero and I think a nice homage in a scrapbook with some stories about this man with his pictures.

  2. I think it’s sad and sweet that you never knew him and can still tell his story. I think you are probably the closest family member like him.

  3. Anonymous10:31 PM

    Happy Navy Day to Uncle Marvin!!

  4. I am confident that you could indeed have been buds. And on some levels you are.

  5. What a great tribute to your uncle. It's good to remember those in any of the armed forces. They are are heroes and should be honored. One of my sons was in the Navy for over 22 years. So I'll join you in celebrating Navy Day.

  6. The bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred in 1941, not 1940.

    1. I knew that Sue but I must have had a senior moment. I fixed it.

  7. Happy Navy Day to your uncle Marvin. It's sad that you never got to meet him in person and sad that he dies so young. I'm glad that you have a picture of him.
    Hugs, Julia

  8. My father served in the Navy during World War II. Thank you for honoring the sailors.

  9. Odd that, just a couple days I met with an old Shipmate. We spent a couple years together in the 60's..

    BUT I did not know it was Navy day, Thanks, nice coming from a OLD soldier. ;-)

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  11. I have never heard of Navy Day and I am sure I am not alone, that said all who have and are serving should be thanked and remembered

  12. So sad. If we have a Navy Day, then do we also have an Army Day and a Marines Day and a Coast Guard Day and so on?


    1. USMC, USCG, and USAF celebrate their "birthdays," and the Army had an Army Day, which was last celebrated in 1949 - but they also celebrate their "birthday." USMC = Nov 10; USCG = Aug 4; USAF = Sep 18; and US Army = Jun 14 (which also happens to be Flag Day).


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