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:

Monday, December 22, 2014

22 December 1775 A.D. Congress Appoint 1st Naval Officers: Esek Hopkins as CINCUSFLT, 4 Captains, & 13 LTS (including John Paul Jones)

22 December 1775 A.D.  Congress Appoint 1st Naval Officers: Esek Hopkins as CINCUSFLT, 4 Captains, & 13 LTS (including John Paul Jones)

1775 - Congress commissions the first naval officers: Esek Hopkins, commander-in- chief of the Fleet; captains Dudley Saltonstall, Abraham Whipple, Nicolas Biddle, and John Hopkins; and 13 lieutenants including John Paul Jones.

1841 - The Navy's first ocean-going side-wheel steam ship, the Mississippi, is commissioned at Philadelphia, Pa.

1941 - The Arcadia Conference takes place in Washington, D.C. between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, establishing the Combined Chiefs of Staff and the eventual 26 nations forming the United Nations for Allied war planning against Germany.

1942 - Sue Dauser takes the oath of office as Superintendent of Navy Nurse Corps, becoming the first woman with the relative rank of captain in U.S. Navy. She is promoted to the rank of captain Feb. 26, 1944.

1942 - Onboard USS Silversides (SS 236), Pharmacist's Mate First Class Thomas A. Moore performs an emergency appendectomy on Fireman Third Class George M. Platter while the submarine is submerged and on war patrol in the Solomon Islands. Platter returned to duty within a few days of the operation.

1960 - HS-3 and HU-2 (USS Valley Forge) helicopters rescue 28 men from oiler SS Pine Ridge breaking up in heavy seas off Cape Hatteras.

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