Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Somers Monument, Somers, NY

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Somers, New York – Westchester Country.

In the years following the Barbary Wars, practically every town and city in America named streets after the heroes of Tripoli, especially Stephen Decatur and Richard Somers, who sailed the first USS Intrepid into history. There's a Decatur Street in Somers Point, and in Cape May, the Ugly Mug and Merion Inn are located on Decatur Street (though this street may be named after Stephen Decatur, Jr.'s father, Commodore Decatur, who spent summers in Cape May).

Originally called Stephentown, the New York state town changed its name in 1808 to Somers, in tribute to Richard Somers (1776 – 1804), a young naval officer from New Jersey who lost his life in the war with Tripoli.

Location. 41° 19.801′ N, 73° 41.006′ W. Marker is in Somers, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is on Somerstown Turnpike (U.S. 202) 0.1 miles west of New York Route 116, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Ivandell Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Somers NY 10589, United States of America.


Credits. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 29, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. Erected 1994.

Dedicated To
The Men and Women Of
Somers, Who Have Served
Or Will Serve in The
Armed Forces
Of the United States

The mayors and municipal leaders of the city of Somers Point, New Jersey and the city of Somers, New York will meet later this month in Somers, New York and exchange keys to each other's cities.

1 comment:

Fred Reicher said...

I was a crew member of the USS Somers DD 947 I put the ship in commission in April1959 and served 3 years aboard.
The Somers is having a reunion this year 2016 in Reno Nevada May 15th -19th