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Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Stories of Sacrifice
U.S. Civil War - U.S. Navy
Rank: Boatswain's Mate
Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
Unit/Command: U.S.S. Kearsarge
Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
Medal of Honor Action Date: June 19, 1864
Medal of Honor Action Place: off Cherbourg, France
Served as boatswain's mate on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as captain of the No. 2 gun during this bitter engagement, Perry exhibited marked coolness and good conduct under the enemy fire and was recommended for gallantry by his divisional officer.