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Honor the Valor Feature: Capt. Perry Anderson

The 2017 Dana Hills High School Honor the Valor Committee invites you to attend the 6th Annual Dana Hills High School 6th Annual Honor the Valor Celebration which is set for Friday, October 13, 2017 at DHHS Spencer Stadium.  The event kicks off at 6:00 pm and not the customary 7:00 pm and includes a pre-game honor ceremony which we want to conduct in front of a fully packed home crowd.  


We would like to encourage our students, parents, faculty and staff to get acquainted with the 2017 Honorees that will be attending the Honor the Valor Celebration.  Visit them in the Veteran Hospitality Area-- if they are seated at a table, they are interested in meeting you.


Read the article below to become acquainted with one of our 52 amazing Honorees. 


Special Interest: Captain Perry Anderson

By Carisa Carlton


As a 17 year old, Perry Anderson courageously enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Now, 69 years later, we are honored to salute the brave man who provided security for President Truman at the “Little White House” in Key West, who helped restore order in Venezuela for Vice President Nixon; and who stealthily made an amphibious landing at Subic Bay the morning President Kennedy was assassinated.

Captain Anderson’s legendary pursuits include six months on the Mediterranean Sea; engaging the enemy in South and North Korea where he was wounded by mortar fire, and sailing the Panama Canal to Cuba during the Missile Crisis. Captain Anderson helped form the Third Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, and he answered the call to war in Vietnam.

            Captain Anderson is a rifles and pistols expert who accepted responsibility for our freedom as a Master Sergeant, Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant, Commander of the Scout Sniper Platoon, Commander of Company “C,”  Aerial Surveillance/Acquisition Officer, Sergeant Major, Combat Engineer, Marine Instructor (NROTC) at Auburn University (the most enjoyable duty of his career), and as Captain before retiring in 1978.  We cannot feel anything but great humility for Captain Anderson’s outstanding mentorship to hundreds of young Marines.

With so many victories and sacrifices, Captain Anderson’s current and primary concern is our youth, “We parents, grandparents and all adults should be involved in their activities by

setting an example, mentoring, encouraging, supporting, advising, and listening without interfering and let them make their own decisions. AFTER ALL, THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY!”

Captain Anderson is married to Ann M Varricchio of Boston, with whom he has a son and a daughter, four grandsons and one favorite granddaughter. Captain Anderson hopes we all come to recognize the freedom and greatness our American citizenship offers.



*The 2017 Honor the Valor Celebration thanks Chick-Fil-A for their game sponsorship and the Dana Point 5th Marines Support Group for their Game Jersey sponsorship.

To learn more about the Honor the Valor Celebration please visit and click on the Honor the Valor tab on the left hand side of the website. You will find short video in that tab and it will give you some sense of what to expect and the emotional impact of this event.

If you are interested in making a financial donation to help with this event, click on the GOFUNDME link on the DH Football website.

Posted by: Ken Nedler Published:10/9/17
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