The Commodore Perry Flag Features a vibrant blue background with bold white text emblazoned upon it that reads, "Don't Give Up The Ship." These were the last words uttered Captain James Lawrence aboard USS Chesapeake after being wounded during battle on June 1, 1813 and dying months later.
Oliver Hazard Perry was a naval commander from South Kingstown, Rhode Island, who is most famous for his role in the War of 1812 during the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 where he lead the US Navy to victory. When Perry arrived at Presque Isle on Lake Erie, he learned that good friend James Lawrence had died. In response, Perry renamed the ship from the USS Chesapeake after him to the USS Lawrence. Later, Perry had a conversation with his friend, Purser Samuel Hambleton, where he indicated that he wanted to create a battle flag to encourage his fleet. Hambleton suggested using Lawrence's words, "Don't Give Up The Ship"