The symbol was born in battle, during the War of 1812, when the British were trying to regain control of the colonies. Four British Men-O'-War, under full sail, were engaged on Lake Champlain by a smaller American fleet.
The American flagship on that day was the Saratoga, under the command of 28 year old Commodore Thomas MacDonough.
For 180 years, the fighting cock has been the symbol of Vigilance, Strength and Courage. Though the days of the great fighting sailing ships are gone, the spirit of the fighting cock lived on for 38 glorious years aboard the
United States Ship Saratoga.
British cannonball tore
through the deck, smashing a coop and releasing a young seaman's
gamecock. The enraged bird flew to the rail of the ship, and as if
expressing his outrage, crowed lustily and defiantly. Taking this as a
sign of good luck, the Americans fought the British with new-found
courage and won the battle.
The purpose of the U.S.S. Saratoga Association is to perpetuate and honor the memory of two great fighting ships, and to hold an Annual Reunion of Saratoga Shipmates in order to enable members to maintain contact with other Shipmates.
All Shipmates who served aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-3), (CVA-60), (CV-60) including all Squadrons having operated with the U.S.S. Saratoga are eligible to become members of the Association.
members receive a Saratoga Directory, which includes: the Association
by-laws, information about past Reunions, History of the Saratoga, and
U.S.S. Saratoga Association Toll Free
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