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Don't Give Up the Ship Banner


Oliver Hazard Perry commissioned this banner after his friend, James Lawrence, spoke these words as he lay dying onboard USS Chesapeake during the War of 1812.
Don't Give Up the Ship Banner
Photo © Nancy Parode
Perry's banner flew on his ship, the USS Lawrence, during the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. After the Lawrence sank, Perry took the banner onboard the USS Niagara and eventually won the naval battle.
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