Oliver Hazard Perry
for his victory over the British at Lake
Erie, Oliver Perry had been with the US navy since 1799
and had fought against the Barbary pirates.
1810, he took command of the Lake Erie flotilla and won
resounding success in the 1813 clash that ended British
domination of the waterway.
His flag may carried his motto: "Don't give up the ship,"
but during the battle of Lake Erie he was forced to scramble
from his flagship before it surrendered and continue the
fight on another vessel.
Despite the bad start, Perry won the battle and sent the
famous despatch: "We have met the enemy and they are ours."
Perry's next command took him into the Mediterranean and
then followed service in the West Indies, where his ships
were on patrol duty to protect shipping from pirates.
for Perry, and the American navy, he caught yellow fever
and died in Trinidad.