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The story of the American Navy motto goes back to the War of 1812. Sometimes called the second American Revolution, it was probably one of the world's most unsuccessful wars. Poorly planned; it was carried out in a haphazard fashion by a country that was inadequately prepared for it. Nevertheless into this quagmire would stride a fearless naval officer burning with the desire to be a hero.
The axiom exhorts one to never surrender. To keep on trying at all costs. It's a favorite motto of the United States Navy. Although Oliver Hazard Perry is frequently linked with the phrase and, it did in fact appear on his battle flag, it was Perry's friend, Captain James Lawrence who first uttered the expression.
In 1935 a song by the title Don't Give Up The Ship was written featuring verses for American and British choruses. The title of the musical is Shipmates Forever and was performed by Dick Powell And Studio Chorus. Harry Warren composed the music and the lyrics includes valuable input by both British and American writers. The choruses reflect the battle from both the British and American point of view.
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