The nation pays its respects to our Navy in October. First, because it was in the month of October that the American Navy was founded in 1775 by act of the Continental Congress. And, second, 27 October is the birthday of Theodore Roosevelt who more than any other President can lay claim to the title "Father of Our Modem Navy."
Hayward, John T.
"President's Notes: Challenge!,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 21
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol21/iss5/2