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Thread #63880 Message #1041851
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
25-Oct-03 - 10:18 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: How Barbary Pirates Learned Their Trade
Subject: RE: Folklore: How Barbary Pirates Learned Their Trade
Dave, I took this definition of commodore from Webster's Dictionary: "a commissioned officer in the Navy formerly ranking above captain and below rear admiral and having a rank of one star."
Since the rank as applied to Decatur appeared in the Congressional Papers that I was reading long after the events in the Mediterranean, I assumed it was a retirement rank for him, or one awarded posthumously.