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During its earliest years, the United States Congress decided to provide disability pensions for the Navy. While many researchers are familiar with the term pension as it is often associated with retirement, the Navy Pension Fund was a fund for disabled naval personnel, or in the case of deceased servicemen, the families that they left behind.
The U.S. government sponsored plan was initially funded through the sale of prizes captured on the high seas which were placed in the Navy Pension Fund.
The lists of pensioners herewith presented, furnish the information usually afforded by annual reports, such as the names of the pensioners, their rank, places where disabled, and the amount of the pensions granted to them. In addition to this, there is given much information in relation to pensions granted to widows and orphans, not found on the records, but which has been collected from the original papers on file.
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