Miller Osborn “Moppy” Perry

Miller Osborn “Moppy” Perry

Susquehanna Depot, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Mar 2010 (aged 102)
East Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section XXXV, Row H, Site 140.
Memorial ID 50129315 · View Source
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ARMY BRIGEDIER GENERAL Miller, 102 of East Lansing, MI died Saturday. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Pauline Moss Perry in 1985; a son David Miller Perry in 1963; and three sisters, Mildred Gridley, Ina Getter, and Frances Kane. General Perry is survived by his daughter, Susan Moss Perry, St. Charles, MO; daughter-in-law, Joan Perry Cooper, grandson, Mark David Perry, granddaughter, Debra (Steve) Pinedo and great-grandson, Colin Pinedo, all of California; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He attended Pennsylvania State College and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, class of 1931. His military schooling included the Artillery School, the Command and General Staff College, the Army and Air War Colleges, and he was an instructor at three of those schools.

Upon graduation from West Point in 1931, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Field Artillery. His military career included twenty different stations in the United States, the Far East and Europe.

Miller served with the First Army in England and France during World War II; and as Commanding Officer, 52nd Field Artillery, 24th Infantry Division, he was part of Task Force Smith, the first U.S. combat unit to fight in the Korean War.

His awards during his 30 year career included: Distinguished Service Cross, two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart and numerous others. Upon retiring in 1961, he completed the course classes for a Master's Degree in Public Administration at Michigan State University, and was an assistant to the Dean of International Studies and Programs until 1975.

He was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church; several retirees' military groups including MOAA; Kiwanis Club of Lansing; MSU retirees; American Legion Post #86, and other organizations. He also volunteered at local nursing homes and with the American Red Cross. Since his retirement he continued to receive recognition from various military groups: one from the Korean Veterans Association- a certificate of Grand Meritorious Service Medal; a Special Certificate of Valor-Task Force Smith-Korea, and a medal in 2004 from the Regional Council of Normandy, France for his service during WWII.

A memorial service was held Monday, March 29, 2010 at All Saints Episcopal Church, East Lansing, MI. with Rev. Katherine Ann Carlson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or Lansing Kiwanis Club Foundation in memory of General Miller Perry.

Arangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI

In a seperate article in the Lansing State Journal (3-27-2010), Perry is described as a VERY HUMBLE man. He would not say much about the accomplishments of his military career. He lived to be 102. He was a fantastic person, very kind, very generous. He was a wonderful father. In 1950, near Osan, Korea, he was shot in the knee, yet refused to be evacuated and ended up leading his battery to safety. Even in civilian life, he attended most every military event that he could -- supported every military organization in the Greater Lansing area.

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  • Added: 23 Mar 2010
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Miller Osborn “Moppy” Perry (13 Jun 1907–20 Mar 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50129315, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Theron & Helen Smith (contributor 46935364) .