Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1836 New York.
Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
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.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)