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Monitor Crewman Lives the Dream!

On March 9, 1916, page 4 of the Bisbee Daily Review of Bisbee Arizona carried the following article. The Mariners’ Museum’s Library and Archives has a photocopy of a letter from John Driscoll which mentions this event, but I had not been able to spend time finding more information about it. Thank you interwebs and Newspapers.com! Other articles carried in the Washington Post go on to explain that it was Franklin D. Roosevelt – then Assistant Secretary of the Navy – who granted Driscoll the request.

John Driscoll - one of the last survivors of the Monitor's crew - made headlines when he was a guest of honor at the Panama Canal

John Driscoll – one of the last survivors of the Monitor’s crew – made headlines when he was a guest of honor at the Panama Canal. This image is courtesy of Newspapers.com