Presley O'Bannon (1776 – September 12, 1850) was a first lieutenant in the United States
United States Marine Corps, famous for his exploits in the First Barbary War
First Barbary War (1801-1805). In recognition of his bravery, he was presented a sword for his part in attempting to restore Prince Hamet Karamanli to his throne as the Bey of Tripoli. This sword became the model for the Mameluke Sword, adopted in 1825 for Marine Corps officers, which is part of the formal uniform today.
1 Biography 2 Mameluke sword 3 Namesakes 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links
Presley Neville O'Bannon was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, to
William O'Bannon, a captain of the
USS O'Bannon (DD-177), a
O'Bannon Hall, at the Basic School in Quantico,
List of Historically Important U.S. Marines
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^ a b Union County, Past and Present, Writers' Program (U.S.).
Kentucky. Schuhmann Printing, 1941 - Union County (Ky.)
^ "O'Bannon House Historical Marker".
Crouch, Howard R. (1999). Historic American Swords. Fairfax, VA: SCS
Publications. pp. 99–103.
Cureton, LTC Charles H., USMC (Ret.) (2006). "Early Marine Corps
Swords". The Bulletin of the American Society of Arms Collectors (93):
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"DD 987 O'Bannon". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
"First Lieutenant Presley Neville O'Bannon, USMC". Who's Who in Marine
Corps History. History Division,
London, Joshua E. Victory in Tripoli: How America's How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005. Smethurst, David. Tripoli: The United States' First War on Terror. New York: Presidio Press, 2006. Zacks, Richard. The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805. Hyperion, 2005.
Was played by John Payne in the 1950 Paramount motion picture 'Tripoli' External links
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