Many remember Stephen Decatur as one of the bravest and most colorful sailors in the history of the U.S. Navy, but few remember him as a naturalist. He had a large collection of marine life specimens. One day, while in a small boat, he spotted a strange fish and shot it. When the fish sank, he told his coxswain, a quarter gunner named Reuben James, to retrieve it. James hesitated so Decatur dove in himself. Why Reuben James did not obey Decatur is unknown. Many explanations come to mind, but one thing is certain, James was no coward.