Elton Lawrence Perrine

United States Air Force
06 January 1935 - 06 February 1979
Pittsford, New York
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Elton L Perrine

USAF Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Elton Lawrence Perrine
Colonel Perrine will be burried in Arlington National Cemetery on May 24, 2010
For details, contact Jamie Meister, a relative, at jamik405@yahoo.com

18 Nov 2002


by his wife,
Joyce Perrine
E-mail address is not available.
09 Aug 2005

When some you love becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure.

From a cousin,
Helen [davidson] Amos

23 Sep 2007

I wore a POW/MIA bracelet for Elton Lawrence Perrine for many years. Recently, I learned the address of a family member and returned the bracelet to them, as I feel it rightly should be theirs. It was an honor to wear the bracelet for all those years. I will never forget it or him and will continue to pray for his family.

Maria Haynes

A note from The Virtual Wall

On the night of 22 May 1967, Captain Elton L. Perrine, pilot, and 1st Lt Kenneth F. Backus, co-pilot, launched as the wingman in a flight of two F-4Cs targeted against the railway yard at Cao Nung northeast of Hanoi. The flight came under heavy anti-aircraft fire during run-in to weapons release. While in the target area WHIZZER 1 observed an isolated exposion about three miles distant from the target; when he was unable to contact WHIZZER 2 he realized that the observed explosion was an aircraft crash. No emergency beepers or other indications of a successful ejection were noted, and the heavy defenses in the area precluded any search and rescue operations. Captain Perrine and 1st Lt Backus were classed as Missing in Action.

None of the POWs released in 1973 had any knowledge of Perrine or Backus. They were continued in MIA status until the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death (Backus on 09 Apr 1975, Perrine on 6 Feb 79).

Captain Perrine was promoted to Colonel while carried in MIA status; 1st Lt Backus had been promoted to Captain. The remains of the two men have not been repatriated.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Nov 2002
Last updated 05/17/2010