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|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 8 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 snip 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.
May 1959 - Sep. 1960
|320k||1959: New Orleans, La. - USS John R. Perry passing under the Mississippi River bridge.|
|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.|
|122k||undated||Laing T. Batcher|
|60k||February 1960: Taken at the Key West Naval Annex (Photo © Fred Weiss)||Fred Weiss|
|51k||circa 1961: John R. Perry underway.
(U.S. Navy Photo, from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62)
|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
|John R. Perry Memorabilia
|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 - 1960||Lcdr. Wilton Lee Atkinson (USNA '45) (Richmond, Va.)|
|2.) 1960 - May 1962||Lcdr. Kirk|
|3.) May 1962 - 1964||Lcdr. Robert Edward Brady (prior enl. / USNA '49) (Minersville. Pa.)|
|4.) 1964 - 1965||Lcdr. John Duncan Scull|
|5.) 1965 Feb. - 1967||Lcdr. John Ashby Baldwin, Jr. (USNA '55) (Baltimore, Md.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|6.) Feb. 1967 - Aug. 1969||Lcdr. William Carl Dunham|
|7.) Aug. 1969 - Sep. 1971||Lcdr. Lee Oran Smith (Eugene, Ore.)|
|8.) Oct. 1971 - 31 Jul. 1972||Lcdr. William Raymond Calvert* (Wickett, Tex.)|
|9.) Aug. 1972 - 20 Feb. 1973||Lcdr. Charles Paul Metzler, Jr. (USNA '61) (Marlton,N.J.)|
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