Hall of Fame

The individuals that comprise the Surface Navy Association's Hall of Fame are not the complete list of those worthy of such recognition. They are representatives of all of our heroes, past and present, who have made an exceptionally significant contribution to the Continental Navy, U.S. Surface Navy, U.S. Coast Guard or to Surface Navy Warfare, whether as a member of the armed services or as a civilian.

If you have an individual you would like considered for our Surface Warfare Hall of Fame, please email us at awards@navysna.org, and include name and a short write up similar to the ones found on this site.

2010 Inductees

President James Adams Age of Sail 1774-1865
Nation's First Vice President and Second President whose initial Presidential address stated, "A naval power, next to the militia, is the natural defense of the United States." He worked in Congress to create the Continental Navy. While President, he created the U.S. Navy Department in 1798 and was determined to protect American neutral shipping rights against French ships and privateers by conducting the 1798-1801 Quasi-War against France.


1998 Inductees

Commodore Joshua Barney: 1775-1818 Age of Sail 1774-1865
American naval hero in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Master’s Mate on Hornet during the raid on the Bahamas Islands in 1776, captured at sea and taken prisoner and exchanged four times; as Captain of the 16-gun Hyder Ally, he captured the larger 20-gun brig General Monk in a battle off Cape May. While leading 500 marines in the Battle of Bladensburg to try to prevent the British destruction of Washington, D.C. in 1814, he was wounded and taken prisoner.


Commodore John Barry, 1775-1803 Age of Sail 1774-1865
During the Quasi War with France, commanded Retaliation and Norfolk. At the end of the Quasi War promoted to Captain and commanded George Washington. Although the unfortunate Captain to lose the Philadelphia at Tripoli in the Barbary Wars of 1804, he continued to provide naval service. As Commanding Officer of Constitution sunk the British frigate Java in the War of 1812 in one of the hardest fought surface actions of all time involving two hours at close quarters. After the War, he commanded the Mediterranean Squadron to enforce peace treaties with states of North Africa.


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