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The heroic Captain Dewey
英雄舰长杜威在美国军舰彭萨科拉号(U.S.S. Pensacola) 舰桥上

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海军准将乔治.杜威 (George Dewey) 出生

你的心目中有没有你认为的英雄?在1900年代,许多美国人把美西战争期间担任指挥官的乔治.杜威视为他们心目中的英雄。生于18371226日的这位勇敢的船长,当他与西班牙舰队在太平洋上作战时,让美国人民无不对他感到敬佩。杜威在1858425日领军离开菲律宾,当天美国对西班牙宣战,杜威于是开始准备作战。就在1898年月1日清晨六点之前,乔治.杜威准将下令开火,于是爆发了「马尼拉湾之战」 (Battle of Manila Bay) ,而他在下令开火时说的那句话,也成为经典名言:「格立德雷,准备好就可以开火了。」

Do you have a hero? Many Americans around 1900 called the naval commander of the Spanish-American War, Commodore George Dewey, a hero. Born on December 26, 1837, the brave sea captain inspired great admiration when he went to battle with the Spanish fleet in the Pacific. Departing for the Philippines on April 25, 1898, the day the U.S. declared war on Spain, he was well prepared for the fight. Just before 6 a.m., on the morning of May 1, 1898, Commodore George Dewey commenced the Battle of Manila Bay, uttering the famous command: "You may fire when ready, Gridley."

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