This story by and large was written by H.M. Green and appeared
in a July, 1953, issue of Linn's Weekly Stamp and News Weekly.
In conclusion Green says, "We'll bet he had some grand yarns
of the sea to spin upon high-bless his old soul".
Oliver Hazard Perry likewise had a distinguished record.
He was an older brother of Matthew. He was born in South Kingston,
Rhode Island, in 1785. After serving his apprenticeship on one
of the sailing vessels of his father, he eventually became midshipman
in the United States Navy.
His first rate sea adventure began during the War of l8I2
when he was ordered at the age of 27, to Erie, Pennsylvania,
to build, equip, and man a fleet to contest control of Lake Erie
with the British. He fought the battle of Lake Erie at Put in
Bay on September 10, 1813.
William Benton Bunn, Jr., has sailed Lake Erie from one
end to the other, and while enroute to Buffalo, Put in Bay was
pointed out to him, the place where the battle of Lake Erie was
Lawrence, the flag ship of Oliver Hazard Perry, was so
badly damaged that he left it during the battle and was rowed
to the Niagara where he continued to fight and forced the surrender
of the British fleet. After the battle, he sent his laconic,
now famous dispatch, to General Harrison: "We have met the
enemy, and they are ours, two ships, two brigs, one schooner,
and one sloop".
An Englishman is reported to have said to parliament at
that time: "It cannot but be too deeply felt that the sacred
spell of invincibility of the British navy is broken".
For his victory the young commodore received the thanks
to congress and a got a medal. Later Commodore Perry aided in
the Mediterranean Sea as commander of the "Java", 1816-17.
Then, on a mission to Venezuela with a small fleet in 1819, he
contacted yellow fever on the Orinoco River and died on August
23, 1819, far away from home, one of the youngest and ablest
commanders in our early navy. This story, too, must be credited
to H.M- Green.
These two distinguished commodores were second cousins
of the Reverend John Hazard, a direct ancestor of the Bunn-Hazard