In honor of fourth of July I am going to talk about three of the greatest American heroes out there.
1. John Paul Jones
First off this is the founder of the American Navy and famous privateer (A state sanctioned pirate) not the bassist for Led Zeppelin whose real name is actually John Baldwin.
John Paul Jones commanded five naval vessels and two privateer vessels. You might know this quote, "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way."-John Paul Jones. Now the American Side thought of him as a great military commander and privateer. The English thought he was a flat out pirate.
He was the Commander of our side in the most celebrated naval battle of the Revolutionary War, The Battle of Flamborough head:
It occurred in the north sea off of the coast of Yorkshire England, Where in the early part of the battle his ship was damaged, half his crew was killed, and his ship was sinking and on fire. The enemy commander Richard Pearson asked him to surrender John Paul Jones responded, "I have not yet begun to fight." John Paul Jones then rammed his ship into the enemy ship and he and his crew then cleared the deck with Grenades, Pistols, and Cutlasses like a Pirate Badass because again a privateer is a state sanctioned pirate. At the end, He was successful and while his ship sunk he now had a shiny new British warship. He also lead a small raiding party on mainland England making him the last person successfully invade England.
2. Neil Armstrong
To me Neil Armstrong represents the best of not only Americans but in all in humanity. He in a sense represents the entire human race as his footprints on the moon will last for thousands of years, long after you and I are dead, are homes are gone, and our bodies will be dust. His footprints will still be on the surface of the moon an enduring legacy to not just Americans but of all of humanity, that says 'Fuck you Universe, we were here.'
And make no mistake he was a patriot. He was a Navy Pilot in Korea and was actually shot down at one point. He fought for his country and he landed on the moon for all of humanity. That makes him an American Hero.
3. Bass Reeves
Bass Reeves was the very first African American U.S Marshal and one of the very best gunfighters of the old west and make no mistake he does deserve the title of gunfighter. At the end of his career he had killed fourteen outlaws in self defense. He was also a freed slave. This man after being freed dedicated his life to serving justice and protecting the innocent and for that he is a true American Hero.