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Matthew Perry with shadowbox

Matthew Perry wrote a memoir about his late father, Frank Perry, fondly known as “The Master Sergeant.” Matthew Perry is shown at left with a shadowbox that contains his father’s military medals and commendations — including the Silver Star.

Editor’s note: In December 2020, Matthew Douglas Perry of Hurricane published his first book, “You Are So Far Behind, You Think You Are in Front,” about his life with his late father and military veteran, MSgt. Frank Perry, also known familiarly and fondly as “The Master Sergeant.”

Just in time for Independence Day, Perry shares three stories from the book about his father’s military experiences and wartime and other recollections.


Local artist Sydney Schliesser created this drawing of MSgt. Frank Perry based on Perry’s recollections when he met Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines.

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Matthew Perry and goats

Matthew Perry and his wife, Angela, visit their goats. Frank Perry lived with them in his final years, and helped take care of the goats and a horse.


Perry’s memoir gets its title from one of his father’s favorite sayings.

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