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USS John R. Perry (DE 1034)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - J - R - P
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Action Packed"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ star - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

"Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat"
(Fortune Aids The Strong)
Class: Claud Jones
Type: SCB No. 131 / 1956-57
Number in Class: 4
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,916 tons (full)
Length: 301' (wl), 312' (oa)
Beam: 38' (extreme)
Draft: 18' (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse 38ND8 Diesels, 8,852 shp, 1 shaft
Speed: 22 kts
Range: 7,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 159
Guns: 2 - 3"/50 Mk 33 (2x1)
ASW Weapons: 2 - Mk 11 Hedgehog, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk70 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
John R. Perry (DE 1034) Building and Operational Data:
  • 04 January 1956: Keel laid at the Avondale Marine Ways, Westwego, La.
  • 29 July 1958: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. John R. Perry, widow of Rear Admiral Perry
  • 05 May 1959: Commissioned at the Charleston Naval Station, Lcdr W. L. Atkinson in command, assigned to Destroyer Division 601 at Key West, Fla.
  • 01 May 1966: Homeport changed to Pearl Harbor, Hi. as a unit of Escort Squadron 1
  • 20 February 1973: Decommissioned at Pearl Harbor after 13 years and 9½ months of service; struck from the NVR, sold to Indonesia, renamed KRI Samadikun (D-1)
  • 08 September 2005: Decommissioned from the Indonesian Navy, scrapping pending
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    John R. Perry 47k John R. Perry was born 24 May 1899 in Waco, Tex. He enlisted in the Navy for service in World War I, then entered the Naval Academy and was commissioned Ensign 08 June 1923. After serving in Marcus (DD 321), he earned a master's degree in civil engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then served in the Bureau of Yards and Docks; in Cuba, the Great Lakes region, Florida, and the Philippines. He returned to the Bureau of Yards and Docks in 1938 and in 1941 became Director of Administration and Personnel. In this post he performed with such proficiency that he was awarded the Legion of Merit for remarkable initiative and excellent judgment in recruiting, organizing, training, equipping and distributing to outlying bases, the Navy's construction battalions. In the course of 1 year he made available for service in the field some 70,000 men who formed a vital component part of our military organization in World War II.

    In 1944 Perry became Officer in Charge of the 2d Naval Construction Brigade with additional duty on the staff of Commander Service Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The following year, he additionally became Commander, Construction Troops of the 7th Fleet. He was awarded a second Legion of Merit for the development of the Leyte-Samar area into a large naval base and assisting in the planning and construction of an air station, air strips, a fleet hospital, the Navy Receiving Station at Tubabao, a Navy Supply Depot, an ammunition depot and a ship repair base at Manicani. Through his engineering ingenuity, he greatly improved transportation facilities, sanitary installations and water supply lines, lines of communication, housing accommodations, storehouses and dumps, docking facilities and dredging operations.

    At the close of World War II, Perry became Public Works Officer at the Naval Academy until 1948. He then was designated Assistant Chief for Operations in the Bureau of Yards and Docks. In July 1951 he assumed command of the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, Calif. From June to October 1953, he served as Director of the Pacific and Alaskan Division, Bureau of Yards and Docks, with headquarters at San Francisco. He then became Chief of Civil Engineers of the Navy and Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, Navy Department, serving until he died of a heart attack 25 September 1955. Rear Admiral John R. Perry is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Md.

    USS John R. Perry (DE 1034) (1959-1973) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Tom Peterson
    FT3, Plankowner
    May 1959 - Sep. 1960
    John R. Perry 320k 1959: New Orleans, La. - USS John R. Perry passing under the Mississippi River bridge.
    John R. Perry 299k 1959: location unsure - John R. Perry passes over mooring lines while on her first post-commissioning cruise. The port is either Bergen, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; or Stockholm, Sweden.
    John R. Perry 122k undated Laing T. Batcher
    John R. Perry 60k February 1960: Taken at the Key West Naval Annex

    (Photo © Fred Weiss)
    Fred Weiss
    C. Jones / J.R. Perry 107k 1960's: Punta Delgada, Azores - USS Claud Jones (DE 1033) and John R. Perry at Porto de Ponta Delgada, Ašores. The ship in the center background is the German training ship Deutschland (A-59), 1966-90. Carlos Manuel Estrela
    Ponta Delgada,
    Azores Islands
    John R. Perry 51k circa 1961: John R. Perry underway in the Atlantic Ocean.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    John R. Perry 358k March 1962: Portsmouth, Va. - USS John R. Perry (DE 1034) in the old Stone Dock (Dry Dock #1) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. This was in the middle of the Ash Wednesday storm of that year (05-09 March). You can see the water pouring down the dock walls from the flooded yard.

    (U.S. Navy photo from Norfolk Naval Shipyard archives)
    Brian Baird
    Chesapeake, Va.
    John R. Perry 205k circa 1971: Ocean escort USS John R. Perry (DE 1034) underway in the Pacific Ocean.

    (U.S. Navy photo #K-88514 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    John R. Perry Memorabilia
    John R. Perry
    Courtesy of
    Tom Peterson
    John R. Perry
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    John R. Perry
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    John R. Perry History
    View the USS John R. Perry (DE 1034) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.

    John R. Perry's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 05 May 1959 - 1960Lcdr. Wilton Lee Atkinson (USNA '45) (Richmond, Va.)
    2.) 1960 - May 1962Lcdr. Kirk
    3.) May 1962 - 1964Lcdr. Robert Edward Brady (prior enl. / USNA '49) (Minersville. Pa.)
    4.) 1964 - 1965Lcdr. John Duncan Scull (OCS '51) (Los Angeles, Cal.)
    5.) 1965 Feb. - 1967Lcdr. John Ashby Baldwin, Jr. (USNA '55) (Baltimore, Md.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    6.) Feb. 1967 - Aug. 1969Lcdr. William Carl Dunham
    7.) Aug. 1969 - Sep. 1971Lcdr. Lee Oran Smith (Eugene, Ore.)
    8.) Oct. 1971 - 31 Jul. 1972Lcdr. William Raymond Calvert* (USNA '60) (Wickett, Tex.)
    9.) Aug. 1972 - 20 Feb. 1973Lcdr. Charles Paul Metzler, Jr. (USNA '61) (Marlton,N.J.)

    * 31 Jul. 1972 - Suffered a fall on a ladder during a Pacific typhoon, breaking his neck and paralyzing him from the shoulders down.
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