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James Perry - Korean War

A child of the depression, James Perry received a commission as a Lieutenant in the Army Infantry, and arrived in France with the 97th Division in late 1944. He was a Captain with the 2nd Infantry Division when war broke out in Korea. He served with the 9th Infantry Regiment from the Pusan Perimeter all the way north toward the Yalu River. After the Chinese launched an offensive, he survived running 'the Guantlet' at Kunu-Ri, where he earned the first of two Silver Stars.

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Abstract

Feature Excerpt

First through the gaunlet

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Service during WW II and first year of Korean War

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Combat operations in Korean War

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2nd Lieutenant James Perry in 1945 following the war, while stationed at Frankfurt, Germany.

Where:

Frankfurt, Germany

When:

1945

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Lieutenants Humphrey, Perry and Rogalski in late 1945, taken at Horst, Germany, where an Opal plant operated. The three are standing in front of a mess tent.

Where:

Horst, Germany

When:

late 1945

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Lieutenants Clark, Perry and Thompson, members of the 386th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division, taken in April of 1945 in Bavaria, Germany.

Where:

Bavaria, Germany

When:

April of 1945

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Lieutenant Perry on the left encounters three German children near Frankfurt, Germany.

Where:

near Frankfurt, Germany

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Marie Wagner at the time of her marriage to Lieutenant Perry in 1945. She worked for the American Consulate General in Frankfurt immediately after the war.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1945

Ownership:

May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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A group photo of ‘A’ Company, 386th Infantry Regiment taken in Bavaria near the end of the war in Europe in 1945. Lieutenant Perry is kneeling at the center in the picture.

Where:

Bavaria, Germany

When:

1945

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Captain Perry walks past a formation of 2nd Infantry Division troops getting ready to ‘Pass in Review’ at Love Field, Fort Lewis, Washington. The caption reads “Jim Perry” & our Chevy.”

Where:

Love Field, Fort Lewis, Washington

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Fox Company of the 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment in formation somewhere in Korea, circa October/November of 1950. The company commander is David H. Hill, with Lieutenants Chapman, Crosley, Micelli and Lamp standing behind him.

Where:

Korea

When:

circa October/November of 1950

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Assault Battalion for the 2nd battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division. This group were survivors of the Chinese invasion and the unit’s run through the ‘Gauntlet’, after which the unit was declared ‘non-combat effective.’

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Major Perry at the ‘Old Armory’ on Charter Street in Madison, Wisconsin, then working as an advisor to both U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers.

Where:

the 'Old Armory' on Charter Street in Madison, Wisconsin

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Capt Perry’s official promotion photo taken in 1953 while stationed in Madison, Wisconsin. Note the Presidential Unit award ribbon on his uniform, earned while in Korea. Perry worked as an army advisor to the United States Army Reserve at the time.”

Where:

Madison, Wisconsin

When:

1953

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Major Perry while stationed in Madison, Wisconsin where he worked as an advisor to the 5th Army, USAR in 1955.

Where:

Madison, Wisconsin

When:

1955

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Lieutenant Colonel Perry poses for an official Army photo in 1959 while he was assigned to the Army’s Air Defense School at Ft. Bliss, Texas. He worked as an infantry tactics instructor.”

Where:

the Army’s Air Defense School at Ft. Bliss, Texas

When:

1959

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.



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James Perry, Jr. and James Perry Senior, taken in the summer of 2004 in Port Byron, Illinois. The two were celebrating Jim senior’s 83rd birthday. Olive, the family’s English cocker, joins them.

Where:

Port Byron, Illinois

When:

2004

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo



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