HEROES: Herrick Comes Home

It was a mournful morning. The chill air held a thin mist as the French cruiser Tourville, escorted by the U. S. cruisers Marblehead and Cincinnati, passed Ambrose Lightship, moved somberly through Quarantine and up New York Harbor. On her quarterdeck, under the after gun turret, rested a flag-draped coffin of rosewood. Within the coffin lay the body of Myron Timothy Herrick, late U. S. Ambassador to France, going home.

The grey harbor waters, usually strident with ship whistles, were muffled to a low-breathing hush, which was broken heavily by a 21-gun...

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