|Birth: ||Feb. 13, 1912|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 2003|
South Carolina, USA
He moved with his parents to Long Beach CA 1920 and then to Pomona CA 1926 where he attended high school and Pomona Jr College; married April 24, 1941 in Los Angeles, Jean Louise Riley; 1932 he joined the California National Guard and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the Reserve Officer Corps in 1936; ordered to active duty 1937 with the CCC and commanded camps in Death Valley CA, Alaska, and Washington State; with the close of CCC and the beginning of WWII, he commanded a Military Police Company and was later assigned to the Army Transportation Corps; 1944 he assume command of the U.S. Army repair ship USAT Connors and served in New Guinea, Biak, and the Philippine Islands. Upon his return from the South Pacific, he commanded the U.S. Army Transport Ship (USAT) Alexander J. Patch out of the Port of New York; during the Korean War he was sent to Yokohama, Japan where he was the military commander of the Assano Shipyard, a Japanese facility supporting US Army ships and landing craft; Ferris was one of the Army's first hard hat deep sea divers, receiving his dive training and certification from the USN; assigned to the US Army's Charleston Transportation Depot 1954-57 as Assistant for Supply Operations and Deputy Depot Commander; 1957 he joined the Army's guided missile air defense program at Fort Bliss TX where he retired from the Army in 1964 with over 32y of active service; 1964 Ferris and his family returned to Charleston as a civilian with DoD where he worked at the Charleston Naval Yard; transferred to Okinawa 1967, retiring at Charleston 1972.
As his daughter Jennifer says, "he was an outstandingly kind, happy, and interesting man, and he made such an impression on all who met him."
William Sanford Berry (1866 - 1948)
Aurinda Sophronia Ferris Berry (1872 - 1950)
Jean Louise Riley Berry (1919 - 2012)*
Old Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Maintained by: Jim Ferris
Originally Created by: Paulette
Record added: Sep 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41634372
Added: Sep. 28, 2010
Added: Sep. 25, 2010