The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PV2 Harold Oliver Perry, who died in the service of his country on September 23rd, 1950 in Haman, South Korea. The cause of death was listed as Killed in Action. At the time of his death Harold was 17 years of age. He was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The decorations earned by PV2 Harold Oliver Perry include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harold Perry (RA13343537), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Private Perry distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces near Haman, Korea, on 23 September 1950. On that date, Company G had launched an attack against heavily fortified positions near Haman and, while advancing on the objective, received withering small-arms and machine-gun fire which pinned the company down and stalled the advance. Private Perry, with complete disregard for his personal safety, continued to advance alone in the face of the intense enemy fire. Reaching the enemy positions, he crawled from foxhole to foxhole, killing the enemy in each with grenades and rifle fire. After killing seven enemy soldiers, he was hit by enemy fire and mortally wounded. His heroic action resulted in the saving of numerous lives and so inspired is comrades that they moved forward aggressively, and swiftly accomplished the unit's mission.
Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 159 (March 21, 1951)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Harold was an African-American and is buried in the Beverly National Cemetery