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James Lawrence

Born: Oct 1, 1781

Death: Jun 4, 1813

Birthplace: Burlington

Nationality: United States

James Lawrence

Date of Birth : Oct 1, 1781
Date of Death : Jun 4, 1813
Birth Place : Burlington

James Lawrence was an American naval officer. During the War of 1812, he commanded USS Chesapeake in a single-ship action against HMS Shannon commanded by Philip Broke. He is probably best known today for his last words or "dying command" "Don't give up the ship!", which is still a popular naval battle cry, and which was invoked by Oliver Hazard Perry's personal battle flag, adopted to commemorate his dead friend.

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