According to history, Samuel Sharpe was appointed to many positions in government during the very early years of this country. As the first settlers were arriving at the New World, many things would change about the government and life in general. The government of the Massachusetts Bay Colonies was resided over by a Governor, Deputy Governor, and a Council consisting of thirteen freemen. Mr. Sharpe served as one of these thirteen. He was also charged with the care of the "five pieces of Ordnance: that belonged to the colony." This took place in February of 1628.
On the 17th of April 1629, Mr. Sharpe was appointed by the Council of the Plantation in Massachusetts Bay Colonies to be "Master Gunner of Ordnance", a title brought over with the colonist from England. The Master Gunner was charged with care of the "ORDNANCE, SHOT, POWDER, MATCH, LADLES, SPONGES, WORMES, CARTRIDGES, ARMES, FIRE-WORKS, AND THE REST OF THE GUNNERS."
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Keeper of the Flame
Throughout history, military spouses have made immeasurable and irreplaceable contributions to our Army. In addition to keeping their own "home fires burning", during long duty days and even longer deployments, they willingly dedicate countless hours of hard work in the support of soldiers, soldier families and their military community.
Without question, our spouses' devoted service to our Army and the country is distinctive and deserving of our undying gratitude. To this end, the Ordnance Corps Association has created the “Keeper of the Flame” spouses award.