Mare Island, Mare Island Museum, Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Roosevelt’s Visits To Mare Island

In 1914, Franklin Roosevelt visited Mare Island as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the beginning of “World War I”. Franklin Roosevelt’s relative Theodore Roosevelt had also served as Secretary of the Navy during the Spanish American War. On September 24, 1942, Franklin Roosevelt would visit Mare Island again, as president, a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.

Author’s Note:

The archives on President Franklin Roosevelt’s visit to Mare Island are in the Mare Island Musuem.

Dewey Monument, Mare Island Museum, President Theodore Roosevelt Junior, San Francisco, California, Vallejo, California

President Theodore Roosevelt’s Dedication To The Dewey Fleet In San Francisco

In 1901, President McKinley broke ground for a Monument dedicated to Admiral George Dewey, and his fleet whom had fought in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. On May 14, 1903 the completed monument was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt at the Union Square in San Francisco, California.

Theodore Roosevelt had served as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Spanish American War, but he resigned to organize the Rough Riders, the first volunteer Calvary in the Spanish-American War. President Theodore Roosevelts’s former roles during the war made it fitting for him to dedicate the statue after President McKinley’s assassination In 1901.

The Goddess of Victory statute stands atop of the monument to represent the U.S. victory over the Spanish as the end of the over 300 year Spanish rule over he Philippine Islands.

Author’s Note:

The Mare Island Musuem in Vallejo, California has the newspaper clips regarding President Theodore Roosevelt’s dedication.

Mare Island Museum, Vallejo, California

The Mare Island Musuem

Mare Island was established as a shipyard, and as a naval base, in the 1800s.

The Mare Island Musuem was established at a time after the Mare Island Naval Base was decommissioned, after the end of the Cold War in 1996. The Mare Island museum hosts the largest naval artifact collection in the United States.

The musuem has a periscope from the USS Vallejo that attendees may view through. The periscope allows one to see around the outside of the museum and into the naval yard.