Admiral Comte de Grasse

Lieutenant General des Armees Navales Francois-Joseph Paul, Marquis de Grasse Tilly, comte de Grasse

France did not send just anybody to aid the American cause against Great Britain. Comte de Grasse, one of France’s finest admirals not only sailed for America, but lived up to his grand titles and name, driving Britain’s fleet from the Chesapeake Bay and sealing the fate of Lord Charles Cornwallis’s army at Yorktown, Virginia in 1783. His is a name that should adorn the highest ramparts of our national edifice of heroes.