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John Perrin

Did John Perrin disappear to avoid serving in the Vietnam War?

  • Last updated: August 28, 2023
  • San Francisco, CA
  • June 23, 1970

Overview of John Perrin

John Perrin was last seen in Menlo Park, California on June 23, 1970. He had just graduated from law school at Stanford University.

He had been a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. He was convicted of refusing induction into the armed services and his conviction was under appeal at the time of his disappearance; it was upheld a few weeks after he was last seen. He has never been heard from again.

John may have been the man who was rescued from the San Francisco Bay and taken to the hospital on the morning of June 24, 1970, the day after Perrin's disappearance. He gave his name as "David Herrin." He was given clothing, left the hospital, and disappeared.

The identity of "David Herrin" has not been confirmed to be John, but his family believes it was him.

John Perrin was born in Bristol, Tennessee and grew up in Virginia. His parents are now deceased, but his siblings are still alive and looking for him. If he resurfaces, he would no longer be facing any charges for avoiding military service. (Information Retrieved from CharleyProject.org)


  1. Date Missing:June 23, 1970
  2. Birthday:August 16, 1944
  3. Current Age:79
  4. Age at Incident:25
  5. NAMUS Number:MP31586
  6. Race:Caucasian / White
  7. Gender:Male
  8. Height:5'11"
  9. Weight:155 - 180 lbs
  10. Hair Color:Blonde
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