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Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry

(1785-1819) ~ Inducted 1965

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, 1785-1819, naval hero of the famous Battle of Lake Erie during the war of 1812. On September 10, 1813, his ten-ship squadron defeated a comparable British force, thereby giving America control of that strategic waterway, a feat that made Perry a national hero. His terse note to General William Henry Harrison has become a naval classic--"We have met the enemy, and they are ours."


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