Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

14 December 1944 A.D. 5-Star Admirals Created: William Leahy, Ernest King, and Chester Nimitz; ADM “Bull” Halsey Added 11 Dec 1945

14 December 1944 A.D.  5-Star Admirals Created: William Leahy, Ernest King, and Chester Nimitz; ADM “Bull” Halsey Added 11 Dec 1945

1814 - Under the command of Commodore Thomas Catesby Jones, U.S. gunboats, along with Sea Horse and Alligator, engage the British during the Battle of Lake Borgne, La. Though the American flotilla is defeated, the engagement delays the British attack on New Orleans for nine days, buying precious time for Gen. Andrew Jackson's successful defense of New Orleans.

1911 - The first U.S. Navy ship, USS California (Armored Cruiser No. 6), enters Pearl Harbor after it was made into a naval base.

1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Harry B. Roby performs an appendectomy on Torpedoman First Class W. R. Jones on board USS Grayback (SS 208). It is the second appendectomy performed on board a submarine.

1944 - The rank of Fleet Admiral (five-star admiral) of the U.S. Navy is established during World War II due to the rapid build-up of U.S. military forces. The first five-star admirals are: William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King, and Chester W. Nimitz. Adm. William F. Halsey joined the selected group Dec. 11, 1945.

1944 - Task Force 38 aircraft begins the attack on Japanese transport Oryoku Maru which, unbeknownst to the Task Force, is carrying approximately 1,600 Allied prisoners of war. The following day, the ship is sunk at Subic Bay.

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