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Brooklyn Navy Yard Check to Sailor killed at Vera Cruz Mexixo


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I have this check receipt for $43.11 for money received by Passed Midshipman Frederick W. Colby in 1845. He received it at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He died in Vera Cruz, Mexico during the Mexican American War in 1847. I couldn't find much more info on his death, other that he died at Vera Cruz in 1847. Does anyone know why he would receive this amount from the U.S. Navy. $43 back in those days was equivalent to thousands of dollars in today's money. Thanks--John


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$43.11 in 1845 is $1,079.43 in 2014.


Looks like basic pay to me.

They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side...To them, we have a solemn obligation — the obligation to ensure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live. - Chester W. Nimitz

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