“Don’t give up the ship!” the echo of American Defiance
James Lawrence was the commander of the USS Chesapeake frigate during a terrible battle on Lake Erie in the War of 1812. The frigate was overwhelmed by a British warship and during the action, James was mortally wounded by a British sniper. Bleeding and hurt from his wounds, he continued to direct his men.
James Lawrence’s friend, commander Oliver Perry put the famous last words onto a flag to inspire his fellow seamen and flew this flag on his ship as a personal battle flag. This statement of defiance is still located on the hull of the USS Lake Erie, a missile cruiser to this day.
It takes Valor to inspire your fellow men to endure in the face of defeat.