Perham, Robert, F1c

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Last Rank
Fireman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1946, EM-0000, USS Murphy (DD-603)
Service Years
1943 - 1946
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Rock
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Suez Canal
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Fireman 1st Class

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Home State
New Jersey
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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Atlantic City
Last Address
Los Angeles, California

Date of Passing
Nov 19, 2006
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star Did the Ditch (Suez Canal)

 Military Association Memberships
Famous People Who Served
  2006, Famous People Who Served [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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EM F1/c Robert Bullard Perham
aka actor Jeremy Slate

SAILOR, and author of: Odyssey: The Adventures of a WWII Teenaged Sailor by Robert Bullard Perham. "WWII stories: Through the eyes and emotions of a teenager in 1941". He explains what inspires him to work in a defense plant after school, when barely sixteen. Ditched school with pals, lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy. Boot Camp and electricians school at Great Lakes, Illinois. Sent to Pier 92 in New York City for further schooling. Asked for Destroyer duty, which was granted. Sent by train to Norfolk Naval Base. January 1944 received orders assigning me to train to Norfolk Naval Base. January 1944 received orders assigning him to the U.S.S. Murphy DD-603. Board the Murphy at Brooklyn Navy Yard. After a brief stay and a shake down cruise, head for Ireland, and got his first taste of foreign soil. Major battles included D-Day invasion of Normandy and Operation Dragon, the invasion of Southern France. When the war in Europe was over his ship transited the Panama Canal and headed for Japan as the war in the Pacific came to a close. 

ACTOR:  One of the movie industry's famous "beach boy" actors, this native of Atlantic City, New Jersey became a Hollywood heartthrob as a star of the 1960 television show, "The Aquanauts". During his career he guest starred in about one hundred television shows and appeared in no less than twenty movies. The versatile actor could perform many different roles but he was most famous for his tough guy portrayals. He co-wrote and starred in the biker film "Hell's Angels 69". He also appeared in "True Grit", "Girls! Girls! Girls!" and "The Born Losers". From 1979 to 1987 he starred in the popular American soap opera "One Life to Live". He was also a successful songwriter with two of his country songs, "Just beyond the Moon" and "Every Time I Itch (I Wind up Scratchin' You)" becoming top ten hits. He died in Los Angeles, California. Cause of death: Cancer

Other Comments:
U.S.S. MURPHY DD-609 (during the years 1944/45)

Normandy Invasion:  The veteran warship rejoined the fleet in time for the Normandy invasion. On 5 June 1944, Murphy departed Portland, England, assigned to the assault area off Vierville, France, better known as Omaha Beach. She remained there, giving fire support and conducting screen duty for the transports through mid-June, engaging in a gun duel with shore batteries 8 June, and repelling numerous German U-boat and torpedo attacks.  

In July, Murphy steamed south to the Mediterranean, operating with Task Force 88, the Aircraft Carrier Force in "operation Dragoon", the invasion of southern France. She conducted fire support, plane guard, and screening duties during the landings and then departed for New York for overhaul in early September.  

Saudi Arabia: The destroyer resumed operations in late 1944, joining Quincy at Norfolk to escort that ship carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Malta and Great Bitter Lake, Egypt, Conferences. Upon arrival at Great Bitter Lake, Murphy was detached and ordered to Jidda, Arabia, to transport King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia and his party to the Conference. After transiting the Suez Canal, Murphy became the first United States warship to enter the harbor of Jidda. Murphy anchored on 11 February, and the royal party came aboard the next day. King Ibn Saud had not previously left his country and had never previously traveled by ship. A large canvas tent was constructed over the forecastle to accommodate the King's entourage of 48 and rugs were laid over all weather decks for the King to walk upon. A corral was built between the depth charge racks on the stern to hold sheep to be slaughtered for the King's meals. The destroyer got underway immediately with her valuable cargo settled in a tent on her forecastle and arrived Great Bitter Lake on the 15th.

With her passengers disembarked, the warship then sailed for New York for a minor yard period, joined an antisubmarine "killer" group on duty off New England and Nova Scotia, and then in May escorted one of the last convoys to Oran, Algeria, and back. On 2 June 1945, with war in the Atlantic won, Murphy entered the Boston Navy Yard for refit prior to assignment to the Pacific Fleet.  

The veteran warship departed Boston 10 July, steamed via the Panama Canal to the west coast, and then on to Okinawa, arriving 9 September. Being assigned to the 5th Fleet on occupation duty in southern Japanese waters, she visited Nagasaki, Yokosuka, Wakayama, and Nagoya until departing Okinawa 21 November for the United States. She steamed via Saipan, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, and the Panama Canal, arriving at Charleston, South Carolina to prepare for inactivation. She decommissioned there 9 March 1946, and joined the Charleston Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She was struck 1 November 1970, and sold for scrap 6 October 1972.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
US NavyUS NavyNaval Station Norfolk
  1943-1943, NSY Brooklyn
  1943-1943, EM-0000, Electrician Basic
  1943-1944, Naval Station Norfolk
  1944-1946, EM-0000, USS Murphy (DD-603)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/American Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Japan
 Colleges Attended 
  1946-1950, Saint Lawrence University2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 19, 2006, Biography Jeremy Slate, born Robert Bullard Perham1
  Jan 31, 2019, General Photos14
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