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John Aubrey

John Aubrey was an English antiquary, natural philosopher and writer. He is best known as the author of the Brief Lives, his collection of short biographical pieces, he was a pioneer archaeologist, who recorded numerous megalithic and other field monuments in southern England, and, noted as the discoverer of the Avebury henge monument. The Aubrey holes at Stonehenge are named after him, although there is considerable doubt as to whether the holes that he observed are those that bear the name, he was a pioneer folklorist, collecting together a miscellany of material on customs and beliefs under the title "Remaines of Gentilisme and Judaisme". He set out to compile county histories of both Wiltshire and Surrey, although both projects remained unfinished, his "Interpretation of Villare Anglicanum" was the first attempt to compile a full-length study of English place-names. He had wider interests in applied mathematics and astronomy, was friendly with many of the greatest scientists of the day. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, thanks to the popularity of Brief Lives, Aubrey was regarded as little more than an entertaining but quirky and credulous gossip.

Only in the 1970s did the full breadth and innovation of his scholarship begin to be more appreciated. He published little in his lifetime, many of his most important manuscripts remain unpublished, or published only in partial form. Aubrey was born at Easton Piers or Percy, near Kington St Michael, Wiltshire, to a long-established and affluent gentry family with roots in the Welsh Marches, his grandfather, Isaac Lyte, lived at Lytes Cary Manor, now owned by the National Trust. Richard Aubrey, his father, owned lands in Herefordshire. For many years an only child, he was educated at home with a private tutor, he was "melancholy" in his solitude, his father was not intellectual. Aubrey read such books as came his way, including Bacon's Essays, studied geometry in secret, he was educated at the Malmesbury grammar school under Robert Latimer. He studied at the grammar school at Blandford Forum, Dorset, he entered Trinity College, Oxford, in 1642, but his studies were interrupted by the English Civil War.

His earliest antiquarian work dates from this period in Oxford. In 1646 he became a student of the Middle Temple, he spent a pleasant time at Trinity in 1647, making friends among his Oxford contemporaries, collecting books. He spent much of his time in the country, in 1649 he first discovered the megalithic remains at Avebury, which he mapped and discussed in his important antiquarian work Monumenta Britannica, he was to show Avebury to Charles II at the King's request in 1663. His father died in 1652, leaving Aubrey large estates. Blessed with charm, generosity of spirit and enthusiasm, Aubrey went on to become acquainted with many of the most celebrated writers, scientists and aristocrats of his day, as well as an extraordinary breadth of less well-placed individuals: booksellers, the royal seamstress and instrument makers, he claimed that his memory was "not tenacious" by 17th-century standards, but from the early 1640s he kept thorough notes of observations in natural philosophy, his friends' ideas, antiquities.

He began to write "Lives" of scientists in the 1650s. In 1659 he was recruited to contribute to a collaborative county history of Wiltshire, leading to his unfinished collections on the antiquities and the natural history of the county, his erstwhile friend and fellow-antiquary Anthony Wood predicted that he would one day break his neck while running downstairs in haste to interview some retreating guest or other. Aubrey was an apolitical Royalist, who enjoyed the innovations characteristic of the Interregnum period while deploring the rupture in traditions and the destruction of ancient buildings brought about by civil war and religious change, he drank the King's health in Interregnum Herefordshire, but with equal enthusiasm attended meetings in London of the republican Rota Club. In 1663 Aubrey became a member of the Royal Society, he lost estate after estate due to lawsuits, till in 1670 he parted with his last piece of property and ancestral home, Easton Piers. From this time he was dependent on the hospitality of his numerous friends.

In 1667 he had made the acquaintance of Anthony Wood at Oxford, when Wood began to gather materials for his Athenae Oxonienses, Aubrey offered to collect information for him. From time to time he forwarded memoranda in a uniquely casual, epistolary style, in 1680 he began to promise the work "Minutes for Lives," which Wood was to use at his discretion. Aubrey died of an apoplexy while travelling, in June 1697, was buried in the churchyard of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford. Aubrey approached the work of the biographer much as his contemporary scientists had begun to approach the work of empirical research by the assembly of vast museums and small collection cabinets. Collating as much information as he could, he left the task of verification to Wood, thereafter to posterity; as a hanger-on in great houses, he had little time and little inclination for systematic work, he wrote the "Lives" in the early morning while his hosts were sleeping off the effects of the night before. These texts were, as Aubrey

Nathaniel Barnes

Milton Nathaniel Barnes is a Liberian politician and member of the Liberian Destiny Party. Born Milton Nathaniel Barnes in Monrovia, Liberia, he graduated from high school at the College of West Africa before spending a term at the University of Liberia. He worked as an intern in Liberia's banking system before going to the United States for college, he earned a degree in the United States at Rider University in 1978 and an MBA from Pace University in 1979. On May 15, 2009, Barnes received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. Barnes received his award from Dr. Mordechai Rozanski, President of the University. Barnes was Minister of Finance under President Charles Taylor from 1999 to 2001. Running as the LDP presidential candidate in the 11 October 2005 elections, Barnes placed 12th out of 22 candidates, receiving 1.0% of the vote. From 2006 to 2008, he served as the Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations, from 2008 to 2010 he served as Liberian Ambassador to the United States

USS Howard (DDG-83)

USS Howard is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named for Medal of Honor recipient First Sergeant Jimmie E. Howard, USMC; this ship is the 33rd destroyer of her class. USS Howard was the 19th ship of this class to be built by Bath Iron Works at Bath and construction began on 8 December 1998, she was launched and christened on 20 November 1999. She was commissioned into the Navy on 20 October 2001; the ship is named in honor of 1st Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard, USMC, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his leadership of a platoon against repeated attacks by a battalion-sized Viet Cong force. After receiving severe wounds from an enemy grenade, he distributed ammunition to his men and directed air strikes on the enemy. By dawn, his beleaguered platoon still held their position. Howard had received the Silver Star Medal for his service in the Korean War; every time Howard sets to sea from her homeport of San Diego, she passes within view of 1st Sgt. Howard's grave at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and salutes her namesake.

On 16 February 2007, Howard was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award. On 28 September 2008, Howard was reported to be in pursuit of the Ukrainian ship Faina, which on 25 September 2008 was captured by Somali pirates en route to Kenya. Faina was reported to be carrying 33 Russian-built T-72 tanks along with ammunition and spare parts. Faina was released by the pirates 5 February 2009. In 2008, Howard received the 2008 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award and provided humanitarian assistance to the Philippines. CDR Amy M. McInnis is the tenth Commanding Officer, assuming command on 19 November 2015. CDR John J Fay was the ninth Commanding Officer. CDR David Zook was the eighth commanding officer, relieving CDR Bergmann on 21 September 2012. CDR Andree E. Bergmann replaced CDR Scott Switzer on 17 March 2011 as the seventh commanding officer. Scott Switzer was the sixth commanding officer of Howard, replacing CDR Curtis Goodnight on 8 May 2009 during a ceremony at San Diego. Howard is a member of Destroyer Squadron 9 and Carrier Strike Group Eleven.

The shield has a background of light blue, dark blue, gold. The upper shield consists of an oriental dragon while the bottom contains stars configured to the Southern Cross; the traditional Navy colors were chosen for the shield because dark blue and gold represents the sea and excellence respectively. The oriental dragon symbolizes the ship's service in the Pacific and fighting spirit of the platoon under leadership of Gunnery Sergeant Howard; the stars are configured to the Southern Cross and represent the First Marine Division patch worn by Gunnery Sergeant Howard. The crest consists of a Medal of Honor neck pad in the shape of a radar array with a crossed Navy and Marine sword. USS Howard's combat actions and war fighting legacy are represented by the six battle stars. Gunnery Sergeant Howard was awarded a Medal of Honor for gallantry and intrepidity under fire, represented by the neck pad; the neck pad highlights the modern warfare capabilities, represented with the AEGIS array. A Crossed Naval Sword and Marine Mameluke signify teamwork and cooperation, exhibited with support from USS Howard's advanced combat systems for Marines ashore.

The motto is written on a scroll of white with blue reverse side. The ships motto is "Ready for Victory"; the motto is a reference to the honor and commitment of USS Howard's sailors for justifying she is ready for all operations in peace and will always be victorious in combat. The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, upon a white background enclosed within a dark blue oval border edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS Howard" at the top and "DDG 83" in the base all gold. Howard has been awarded the Navy Battle "E" several times 1 January - 31 December 2006 This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U. S. government publication, is in the public domain. Official page