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Naval officer

John Perry, American naval officer. Decorated Distinguished Service medal, Silver Star, Combat Legion of Merit, Presidential unit citation (2); various campaign, area and foreign medals.


Perry, John was born on July 29, 1897 in Enoree, South Carolina, United States. Son of William Gregory and Frederica (Mc Kenzie) Perry.


Student, Clemson (South Carolina.) College, 1914-1916. Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1919.


Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1919, and advanced through grades to vice admiral. Served in United States Ship New York and Dorsey, 1919-1923. Flight training, Pensacola Naval Air Station, 1923, received wings, June 1923.

Served in various Pacific aircraft squadrons, 1923-1926, piloted plane in 1st squadron west coast to Hawaii flight, 1934. Commissioned and commander Naval Base, Kodiak, 1941-1942. Chief of staff, Fleet Air, West Coast, 1942-1943.

Commander United States Ship Belleau Wood, participating in Hollandia, Mariannas and Philippine campaigns, 1944. Commander Fleet Air Wing 1, Okinawa, 1945-1946. Chief of staff, Air Force Atlantic, div. commander Essex type carriers, Atlantic, 1946-1948.

Commander Fleet Air Wing 4, operating in N.W. and Alaska, and commander Fleet Air, Seattle, Washington, 1948-1950. Commander NAAT, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1950-1951, cardivs. land 5, 1951-1952, Alaskan Sea Frontier, also COM 17, 1952-1954, Com FAIR, Jacksonville, Florida, 1954-1955, Com FAIR, Whidbey, Washington, 1955-1959, retired, 1959.


Married Madeline Gleason, July 15, 1921. Children: John (deceased), Madeline.

William Gregory Perry

Frederica (Mc Kenzie) Perry

Madeline Gleason

John Perry (deceased)

Madeline Perry