Perry, Margaret Fae, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Primary Unit
1950-1952, Air Force Medical Service
Service Years
1950 - 1952
First Lieutenant

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Morgantown, WV
Last Address
Korea

Casualty Date
Dec 22, 1952
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Lawnwood Cemetery - Morganton, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
1453rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron801st Medical Air Evacuation SquadronAir Force Medical Service
  1950-1952, 9761, 1453rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
  1950-1952, 801st Medical Air Evacuation Squadron
  1950-1952, Air Force Medical Service
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1952 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
West Virginia UniversityFairmont State CollegeUniversity of Chicago
  1942-1944, Others/Not Listed
  1942-1946, West Virginia University
  1944-1946, Fairmont State College
  1946-1950, University of Chicago
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1950-1952, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Margaret took her last flight on December 22, 1952. She was nearing the end of her military commitment and was scheduled to ship back to the U.S. after completing her last mission.....Confusion regarding takeoff instructions caused the C-47 plane she was aboard to collide with an F-80C that also was cleared for takeoff. There was an explosion on contact, and passengers on both planes were killed."  Source: http://www.ia.wru.edu

"First Lieutenant Perry was a registered nurse serving with the 801st Medical Air Evacuation Squadron, U.S. Air Force in Korea. On December 22, 1952, she was a passenger in a C-47 Skymaster transport, flown by the Royal Hellenic Air Force. During takeoff at Suwon Airfield (K-13), the aircraft was struck by an Air Force F-80 Shooting Star fighter, killing all 13 on board." Source: WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings, Korean War Veterans Honor Roll, Ancestry.com

   
Comments/Citation
1st Lt Perry attended medical school at WVU, but left the program and went to nursing school at St. Mary's School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse at a general hospital and as an industrial nurse at Heyden Chemical Corporation in Morgantown, WV. She took further college work at both WVU and Fairmont State, and completed postgraduate work at the University of Chicago. In February of 1950 she joined the Air Force Nurse Corps, just as the Korean War began and she arrived at Fort Sam Houston Army Base in San Antonio, Texas. In November of 1950 she was accepted to military flight school at Montgomery, Alabama, a six-week course designed to train nurses for air evacuations of the wounded in Korea. After training she headed to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. Source: http://www.ia.wvu.edu

"Flight nurses performed all their medical duties while sharing the hardships of regular flight crews. They administered to thousands of young wounded men as they participated in the machineries of casualty evacuation. At the high point, on December 5, 1950, they assisted in the evacuation of about 4,500 wounded men following the Chinese intervention. In recognition of this service, the 801st Medical Evacuation Squadron received the Presidential Unit citation. It was dangerous work and two Air Force nurses, First Lieutenants Virginia May McClure and Margaret Fae Perry, were killed in aircraft accidents."  Source: The Korean War by Paul M. Edwards, page 52
   
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