Yorktown Veteran Recognized For Service

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Robert Perry was posthumously honored for his military service at Tuesday's Yorktown Town Board meeting.
Robert Perry was posthumously honored for his military service at Tuesday's Yorktown Town Board meeting. Photo Credit: Contributed
Members of the Yorktown Town Board with State Sen. Greg Ball (center), and Robert Perry’s daughter (front left) and wife (front right).
Members of the Yorktown Town Board with State Sen. Greg Ball (center), and Robert Perry’s daughter (front left) and wife (front right). Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – World War II veteran and late Yorktown resident Robert Perry was recognized for his military service Tuesday night during a meeting of the town board.

Perry, who died in May 2009 at 85, served in the 7th Cavalry as a technician 5th grade for two years and 10 months. For his service, Perry received the Silver Star, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon.

After his service, Perry served for more than 60 years in the Yorktown Fire Department and was a member of VFW post 8328. Perry was posthumously nominated for acceptance into the 40th Senate District’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

“I am honored to accept Yorktown’s nomination of their Mr. Perry,” State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) said at the meeting. “He chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America, as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty. America is not a great country because of its politicians, it’s a great country because of its veterans like Mr. Perry.”

The Veterans’ Hall of Fame is designed to honor outstanding veterans from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that will be honored will be included on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district.

“Robert Perry was a man of service to his community, his family and his country,” said Supervisor Michael Grace. “He is someone that we should all be proud to have honored and is a very good choice for the 40th Senate District Veterans’ Hall of Fame.”

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Mz. McKendry,

Mr. Perry was my grandfather. I wanted to personally thank you for this post. Your words are kind and much appreciated.

-Peter

Recently, I watched “The War,” a seven-episode program by Ken Burns on DVD. (It originally aired a decade ago on PBS.) I was born shortly after World War II in Japan. During and immediately after the war, for the victor to show mercy to the vanquished was a foreign concept to the Japanese military. As a result, when the war ended, compassion shown by American soldiers to the Japanese was beyond their comprehension. This is the reason people of my parents’ generation hold America to the highest pedestal – as I still do today. My 2-minute video message of gratitude on YouTube at www.ThankYouVeterans.net was created for WWII veterans – such as Mr. Robert Perry, who fought to keep freedom alive for future generations, and their families. I regret that this video comes too late for Mr. Perry. I would appreciate it very much if you would please watch and share the video with other veterans that you know. Thank you.