COMMODORE BARRY BOOK AWARD
On Wednesday, 15 April 2015 the Commodore Barry Club participated in the the New York Council Navy League Commodore John Barry Book Award for American Maritime Literature at historic Fraunces Tavern in New York City.
The event began with a 6pm Reception in the Flag Gallery, Fraunces Tavern Museum, sponsored by the Naval Historical Foundation and by the National Maritime Historical Society, followed by Dinner at 7pm in the Bissell Room.
The 2015 Commodore John Barry Book Award was presented to Craig L. Symonds noted author of NEPTUNE:The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings. Symonds is Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of many books on American naval history, and this superb volume is a complete account of the vital Naval operations in support of D-Day. In his presentation to the audience, he brought to life the Allied assault from the sea on the Normandy coast. A lively Q & A followed.
The annual Commodore John Barry Book Award was established by the New York Council, Navy League of the United States, to recognize significant contributions to American Maritime Literature. The inspiration for this Award is the life and service of Commodore John Barry (1745-1803) a Continental Navy hero of the Revolutionary War, later chosen by President George Washington to build and lead the new United States Navy, successor to the Continental Navy.