What did Admiral Dewey say?
DEAR MELBA: Frank McDowell wanted to know the source of the saying: “You may fire when ready, Gridley.” In Bartlett’s “Familiar Quotations,” George Dewey said this to the captain of Admiral Dewey’s flagship at the battle of Manila Bay (May 1, 1898).
How many U.S. soldiers died in the Philippines?
Japan’s conquest of the Philippines is often considered the worst military defeat in US history. About 23,000 American military personnel, and about 100,000 Filipino soldiers were killed or captured.
Why did the U.S. want the Philippines?
Americans who advocated annexation evinced a variety of motivations: desire for commercial opportunities in Asia, concern that the Filipinos were incapable of self-rule, and fear that if the United States did not take control of the islands, another power (such as Germany or Japan) might do so.
What went wrong at the Battle of Manila Bay?
At Manila Bay in the Philippines, the U.S. Asiatic Squadron destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the Spanish-American War. Nearly 400 Spanish sailors were killed and 10 Spanish warships wrecked or captured at the cost of only six Americans wounded.
What did US Commodore Dewey lead in Manila?
MAY 1, 1898, MANILA BAY, PHILIPPINES
Dewey was leading his seven warships and two support vessels into Manila Bay to attack Admiral Patricio Montojo’s Spanish Pacific Squadron. It would be the U.S. Navy’s first major naval engagement since the end of the Civil War, 33 years earlier.