Another story of Decatur's youth and rise to fame is told through Andrew Rountree's own naval career which closely paralleled Decatur's. Andrew entered the Navy as an apprentice seaman aboard the United States where Decatur was a midshipman and was to remain Andrew's beloved superior for the next years. Much of the book involves navy training. As Andrew and Decatur mature into officers of higher rank, the issues broaden too- into the questions of international rights on the high seas that was to climax in the North African battles with Preble, Balnbridge and Decatur as central figures. By the author of Barry's Boys. (1952, p. 562), a reminiscence of the first Continental Navy, this is a fair salty chapter in our history.