Aldrich, Perry Henry, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1056-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1917-1918, 135th Aero Squadron
Service Years
1917 - 1918
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Aviation

First Lieutenant


Four Service Stripes



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1891
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lexington/West Kills
Last Address
Essex Junction/Waterbury, Vermont

Casualty Date
Oct 29, 1918
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War I
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
U.S. Army
  1917-1918, 135th Aero Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 Meuse-Argonne Campaign/Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Phase 1
  1918-1918 World War I/St. Mihiel Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
University of Vermont
  1913-1917, University of Vermont
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Perry Aldrich was an Agriculture Teacher in Waterbury, Vermont when he was required to register for the draft in June 1917.

In France, he served with the 135th Aero Squadron, Observation Group 4th AC, AEF.  He died of his wounds received in aerial combat on 29 October 1918.

See page 285 in citation;

Name: Aldrich, Perry H.
Rank: First Lieutenant
Position: Air Service Observer, 135th Aero Squadron:
Awarded Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy since Apr 6, 1917.

"Perry H. Aldrich, 1st Lieutenant, Air Service Observer 135th Aero Squadron. For extraordinary heroism in action near St. Mihiel, France, October 29, 1918. He as an observer, with 1st Lieutenant E. C. Landen, volunteered and went on an important mission for the corps commander without the unusual protection. Forced to fly at an altitude of 1000 meters because of poor visibility soon after crossing the line they encountered an enemy Rumpler plane and force it to the ground. On returning, they attacked another Rumpler and drove it off. After completing their mission and seeing an enemy observation tower on Lake Lachaussee, they re-entered enemy territory and fired upon it. Immediately attacked by seven enemy planes (Fokker type), a combat followed, in which Lieutenant Aldrich was mortally wounded."

Emergency Address: Reverend Leonard Alrich, father, Peral Street, Essex Junction, Vermont. 

Resident at appointment: Pearl Street, Essex Junction, Vermont.

He was interred in Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont.
   
Comments/Citation

  • Source: Vermont in the World War, 1917-1919

  • Printed by Legislative Authority of Vermont, 1919 Session

  • John T. Cushing, Arthur F. Stone, Editors

  • Captain Harold P. Sheldon, Military Historian

  • 759 pages, with photos of prominent military men from Vermont


   
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