The Bronx Chronicle Veteran of the Week

Emery Perry


US Army | Private First Class

Emery A. Perry was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and moved to the Bronx at age six.  In 1961, he enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne.  After serving two years active duty and two years standby, he received an honorable discharge with a rank of Private First Class.

After receiving his high school diploma from Theodore Roosevelt Evening High School, Private First Class Emory entered the New York City Police Department in 1969, was assigned to the 79th Precinct, and retired in 1989 from the Crime Prevention Division. In 1975, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

As a resident of the Cambria Heights Community for the past 46 years, he has been involved in several community organizations, including as an Usher at the Sacred Heart Church and a  member of The Brothers-in-Christ.  Private First Class Emory is a former member of the Cambria Heights/Jamaica Linden Lions. Additionally, he has served as past President of the Cambria Heights Block Association and has received several community service awards.

Private First Class Emory is an active  member of numerous community organizations: Cambria Heights Civics Association; Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center; New York City Police Department Council of Retired Guardians; board member of the St. Albans VAVS Living Center; Queens Veterans Advisory Committee; Treasurer of the AMVETS Post 10-13, Inc.; and past Provost Marshall of the AMVETS Department of New York.  Presently, he is the 3rd Vice Commander of AMVETS, Department of NY and  a member of  New York State Senator Leroy Comrie’s Veteran Advisory Board.

Private First Class Emory and his wife, Edna, have one daughter, Tonya, and one grandson, Tahir.

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