Commodore Perry Flag – Don’t Give up the Ship Flag –
This is the battle flag of Commodore Hazard Perry. The words come from those of Captain James Lawrence, who said them on June 1st, 1813, as he lay mortally wounded on the USS Chesapeake. A few months later Commodore Perry flew this flag in a battle during which his ships captured a British squadron consisting of HMS Detroit, HMS Charlotte, and 4 smaller vessels. This the only time in history an entire squadron of the Royal Navy had surrendered. Perry’s flag is at the U.S. Naval Academy.
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