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PERRY, Oliver Hazard, Commodore [1785-1879] -- American naval officer

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The "Hero of the Battle of Lake Erie" during the War of 1812, he captured the entire British fleet - a first for the flabbergasted British. When his flagship was badly damaged, he simply transferred his standard, "Don't Give Up The Ship", to the Niagara and went on to win the engagement and the battle. After the battle he sent this famous dispatch to General Harrison: "We have met the enemy and they are ours." This was famously lampooned by Walt Kelley's cartoon character, Pogo Possum, as: "We have met the enemy and he is us."

The War of 1812, and the Battle of Lake Erie, were important milestones in securing the integrity of the new-forged United States of America.  -30-
 

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1785
Joined navy
1799
Midshipman aboard his father's frigate, U.S.S. General Greene
1801-05
Served in Tripolitan War (vs the Barbary States)
1802
promoted to lieutenant
1807-09
Engaged in building gunboats for President Jefferson's naval program
1812-13
Warof 1812
1813
Battle of Lake Erie (War of 1812)
1813/09/10
First capture of an entire British fleet (Battle of Lake Erie)
1814
Received the thanks of Congress for his part in the war
1819
Contracted yellow fever on the Orinoco River, Venezuela, and died at sea off Trinidad

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