Rex Perkins

[11 APR 1931 - K2 - 20281 - 30 JUN 2016]

Rex Perkins Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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Rex and Ann Perkins
[In their home in Bluffton - SC - that Rex designed - ??? 2015]



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From Rex clockwise… Rex Perkins - Colleen (granddaughter) - Katie (granddaughter) - Stephanie (daughter) - Ann Perkins - John (Stephanie’s husband) - Nathanial (grandson) - Karey (eldest daughter) - Vanessa (daughter) - Rebecca (granddaughter) [???]



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Ann and Rex Perkins
[Silver Seas Caribbean Cruise - DEC 2014]



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Stephanie (daughter) - John (son-in-law) - Ann and Rex Perkins [Sailed from NYC to West Point for football game - SEP 2011]



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Rex and Ann Perkins
[Dancing on boat - ???]



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Stephanie Perkins Giegerich (daughter) and Rex Perkins
[Alaskan cruise - JAN 2011]



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Back: Ted Gay - Emily Karam - Jack Doyle - Bruce Wilburn - Dick Traut - Vern Pace - Rex Perkins. Front: Charron Traut - Karen Wilburn - Ray Karam - Peggy Pace - Mary Carolyn Gay [SEP 2009]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Rex Perkins
[50th Reunion]



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Ann and Rex Perkins - Kitty and Bob Millard
[50th Reunion]



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K-2: Dick Traut - Ann Perkins - Bob and Kitty Millard - Ted Gay - Charron Traut - Bruce and Karen Wilburn - Peggy and Vern Pace - Emily Karam - Paul and Mellie Parks - Rex Perkins [50th Reunion]



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K-2: Dick Traut - Bob Millard - Ann Perkins - Kitty Millard - Ted Gay - Charron Traut - Bruce and Karen Wilburn - Peggy Pace - Jack Doyle - Emily Karam - Paul and Mellie Parks - Ray Karam - Rex Perkins - Vern Pace [50th Reunion]



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Pace - Wilburn - Perkins - Millard -
Gay - Traut [K-2: 50th Reunion]



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Dorough - Drummond - Karam - Bundren
Russell - Perkins - Doyle [FEB 2004]



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[25th Reunion - 1980]

Row 10: Bergen - Cathey - Chapman - Gamble - Todd Graham - Don Smith - ? - Polly - McCloskey - Row 9: Blitch - Secord - Jim Ryan - Wing - ? - Row 8: ? - Matuszak - Wayne Smith - ? - Fleeger - Lynn - Joe Franklin - Charlie Johnson - Gunderson - Row 7: Regnier - ? - Reed - Stone - Herren - Weaver - Matteson - Hayes - ? - Enslow - Cliff Jones - ? - Reid - Feagin - Row 6: Wargowsky - Lichtenberg - Sanderson - Baker - Dienst - McCullough - Schick - Ludwig - Soper - Bean - Shideler - Lenio - Pirkey - Row 5: Goldstein - Fralen - Le Cates - Meisenheimer - Wheeler - Horst - Whittaker ? - Cardillo - Page - Newton - Prater - Lucas - Row 4: ? - Sloan - Traut - Rich Miller - Hoeferkamp - Heye - ? - West - Bill Graham - Row 3: Andrews - Perkins - Gay - Pace - Olvey - Strati - Dugan - Jackson - Whtitaker ? - Ralph Henry - Gallup - Murray - Ewing - Fikaris - Row 2: Hornbarger - Al Edwards - Robinson - ? - Thorsen - Dickson - Vitty - Tom Phillips - Bill Anderson - Giddings - Jacobs - Dryer - Row 1: Bazilwich - Samos - Wray - Trobaugh - Brokenshire - Bossert - Hagedorn - Walton - Poirier - Hasbrouck - LaFrenz - Nourse - Malooley



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[10th Reunion - 1965]

Standing [L to R]: Weaver - Lewis - Turner - Chikalla - Gallup - O'Brien - Freed - Hadly - Wix - ? - Streett - ? - Reb Young - Quinn - Lenio - ? - Perkins - Thorsen - ? - Nieves - Sherman - Burroughs - Giza - Traut - Sloan - Gay - Paul Parks - Andrews - Ginter - Bates - McNair - ? - Lichtenberg - Nidever - Secord - Feagin - Cathey - Herren - ? - ? - Ludwig - ? - ? - ? - Ralls - ? - Shimunek - Macdonald - ? - ? - ? - ? - ? - Bob Strickland - Front [L to R]: Soper - Newton - Dax - Chance - Schmidt - Shideler - Bergen - Matteson - Hargrove - Hornbarger - Steakley - Stevens - Drummond - Rudzki - Knierem - Wargowsky - ? - Stern - ? - ? - Livesay - Dickson - Michalove - Hagan - Landers - ? - Blitch - ? - Cardillo - Ordway - Trobaugh - Crancer - Maus - LaFrenz - Sydenham - Strom - ? - Howie Stone - Schepps - Raymond - Spellman - Sanderson ? - Wray - Fikaris - Stevenson - Sims - ?

Larger Size



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K-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Oscar Turner x55 - Patton - Sherman (CO) - Flynn - Perkins - Cini - 2nd Row: Paul Parks - Millard - Hall - Hotchkiss - 3rd Row: Greer - Pace - Wilburn - Karam - 4th Row: Gay - Doyle - Traut



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Rex Perkins
[1955]



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Rock - Maus - Skip Macdonald - Perkins
[3rd Bn Staff - 2nd Regt]



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Jim Bergen and Rex Perkins
[Fort Knox - 1954]



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Herren - Malone - Bazilwich - AF Captain - Olvey - Weden - Doerr - Holbrook - Hall - Perkins - Wargowsky - Burroughs [Air Force Trip - 1953]



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary



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Rex Van Noy Perkins

Rex Van Noy Perkins was born on 11 April 1930 in Bolivar, Missouri and appointed to West Point from the 6th Congressional District of Missouri. He entered on 3 July 1951 and was in Company K 2. He was a Corporal his 2nd Class year and a Lieutenant and 3rd Battalion Supply Officer of the 2nd Regiment his 1st Class Year. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in the Infantry.


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Local Classmate Assistant (LCA) Information

Filed with EXCOM


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Col. Rex Van Noy Perkins, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Apr 11, 1930 - Jun 30, 2016

Mr. Perkins, 86, of Bluffton, S.C., died Thursday.

He was the son of the late Daisy and Clyde Perkins, formerly of Bolivar.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann Crooks Perkins; his daughters, Karey Perkins and Vanessa Palmer, both of Bluffton, S.C., and Stephanie Giegerich and husband John of Atlanta, Ga.; and his four grandchildren.

He attended Springfield High School and Drury College before entering West Point Academy where he graduated in 1955 as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. he taught as an instructor in geography at West Point after completing a master's degree at Syracuse University.

He served in command positions for 30 years in Korea, Vietnam, Hawaii, Turkey, Italy as well as various posts in the southern states.

Upon retirement, he became an administrator for a law firm in Atlanta, Ga., subsequently retiring again in Bluffton, S.C., where he and Ann lived for the last 22 years.

Bolivar Herald-Free Press
Bolivar, Missouri


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Services for Rex Perkins will be held at the West Point Cemetery on Monday August 15, 2016 at 10:00am Eastern Time.


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Col. Rex Van Noy Perkins

April 11, 1930, to June 30, 2016

Dad's Life, in his own words

Rex Van Noy Perkins was born April 11, 1930, in the Missouri Ozark Mountains, the only child of Daisy Van Noy and Clyde Perkins. Daisy was a distinguished schoolteacher and principal, teaching Rex throughout elementary school. In 1942, the family moved to Springfield, Missouri, where Rex attended junior and senior High School, graduating in 1948. An excellent student, he received citywide recognition for academic achievements; was captain of the basketball team, a baseball centerfielder, and trumpet player in the band and orchestra. As an active Boy Scout and troop leader, he was selected for the Order of the Arrow for scouting achievements. Rex loved the outdoors; weekend camping trips with friends were favorite pastimes. His ambition to go to West Point and be a career soldier resulted from his active outdoor lifestyle and his keen interest in America's WWII effort.

While attending Drury College in Springfield, he obtained an appointment at West Point Academy and entered with the class of 1955. Rex excelled in academics and tutored other cadets. His greatest enjoyment was New York City weekends, full of excitement seeing the city with his future wife, Ann Crooks, an American Airlines stewardess from his hometown. Their respective fathers, business associates, suggested they meet when Ann was flying into NYC. After three years of dating, they married in 1957.

Graduating from West Point, Rex started a thirty-year career serving in Infantry units in CONUS and overseas. He attended the Infantry School Advanced Course and Airborne and Ranger school at Fort Benning, Georgia, before deploying to Korea. While his class standin! g was hi gh enough to select any branch, post or unit available, he chose Korea because of the demanding training, and he wanted to serve overseas.

After 16 months there as Platoon Leader and Bn Asst S-3, he was then assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, where he was a staff officer, company XO, and company commander, one of his career highlights. He married Ann and had two daughters, Karey Lea and Vanessa Ann.

He then attended the Advanced Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was promoted to Captain. Asked to return to West Point to serve on the faculty, he chose Geography - Earth Space and Graphic Science -- because he thought it would have the most career utility. He attended Syracuse University, earning a Master's degree for this purpose, and their third daughter, Stephanie Jurhee, was born.

At West Point, he taught Physical and World Geography until a Soviet Geography course was established for advanced students, the first course where different classes of cadets attended instruction together. He helped write the course, taught it for two years, and traveled to the Soviet Union, visiting places of geographical interest to add first-hand knowledge to his lectures. He also compiled an Atlas of Soviet Geography, using topographic maps illustrating important aspects of Soviet geography.

Next, after Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, he was promoted to Major and assigned to the 1st Air Cavalry Division in An Khe Province, Vietnam, where he was Bn S-3, 2/8 Cav. After an NVA attack on Firebase Bird, the 2/8 Cav pursued the attacking NVA Regiment for more than a week, inflicting severe casualties on the regiment, rendering them combat ineffective, and capturing a Vietnamese Major, who was the regimental S-3, and the senior NVA officer captured in the Vietnam War.

An assignment to the Pentagon followed, where he worked in the Soviet-East European Division of ACSI until the Chief of Staff of the Arm! y reques ted his return to Vietnam to serve as a Province Senior Advisor in Quang Ngai. In preparation, he studied at the Foreign Service Institute of the State Department for one year, when he was promoted to LTC. While Rex was serving in Vietnam, the family lived at Clark AFB, Philippines, and they vacationed together in SE Asia, visiting Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, and Taipei.

A three-year tour with the 25th Inf Div in Hawaii followed, where he was a Bde XO and subsequently Commander of the 1st Bn, 27th Inf, the Wolfhounds, which was his favorite command.

Next, he served as Aide to General Melvin Zais, Commander of Land Forces, Southeastern Europe, a NATO command, in Izmir, Turkey, and later, after promotion to Colonel, he was the Executive Officer to General Zais's successor, General Knowlton.

The Army War College followed, where he was recognized for his writing skills by winning the War College essay contest with his article concerning the Berlin airlift. After the War College, he was posted to Atlanta, Georgia, as a coordinator for reserve component Infantry, Ranger, and Airborne units in the Southeastern United States. His final tour was Naples, Italy, as the Secretary of the Joint Staff for the Southern Command of NATO.

Rex and Ann retired in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1985. Ann worked as a CPA, and Rex as a law firm administrator. In 1994 they moved to a golf course home they designed and built in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Travel to Europe and Asia was their favorite pastime, especially experiencing the millennium at the Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel and sailing along the turquoise coast of Turkey.

Rex's graduation from West Point, subsequent infantry duty, overseas tours, and supportive wife and daughters helped fulfill his lifelong dream of an Army career. He was awarded two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, a Bronze Star for Valor, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, ten Air Medals, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, and Senior Parachute Wings. He was cremated and interred at West Point Academy.

Karey Lea Perkins
14 September 2016


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