Israel, Joseph, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary Designator/NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1804-1804, USS Intrepid (4 guns Sail Ship)
Service Years
1801 - 1804
Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Sep 04, 1804
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
First Barbary War (Libya)
Location of Interment
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US NavyUSS Constitution (Old Ironsides/1794-present)
  1801-1801, Surface Vessels USS L-M
  1801-1802, USS Chesapeake (sail frigate)
  1802-1803, USS New York (1800) 36 gun Frigate
  1803-1804, USS Constitution (Old Ironsides/1794-present)
  1804-1804, USS Intrepid (4 guns Sail Ship)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1798-1800 Quasi-War (France)
  1801-1805 First Barbary War (Libya)
  1804-1804 First Barbary War (Libya)/Blockade of Tripoli Harbor2
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Last Known Activity
U.S. Navy's first SEALs

During the Tripolitan War, LT Richard Somers commanded the schooner Nautilus in the Mediterranean, being promoted to Master Commandant in 1804. He also commanded one of the gunboat divisions in the many attacks on the Tripolitan naval forces in the harbor of Tripoli.

During these operations, the ketch Intrepid was converted into a fire ship and filled with a large quantity of powder and explosives. On the night of 4 September 1804, Intrepid, under Somers and a crew of volunteers, including LT Israel, was sent in to be exploded among the enemy's shipping in the hope of destroying gunboats and perhaps the town itself. Unfortunately, she was sighted by the Tripolitans, who opened fire and prematurely blew her up. The daring crew all perished.

Killed in Action along with:
Wadsworth, Henry, LT
Somers, Richard, LT
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