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Because he had some flying experience as a boonie jumper, Perry is selected from relative obscurity to become one of Galactica's first intake of trainee pilots after 13 experienced pilots are killed in a freak accident (TRS: "Act of Contrition").
Thrown into immediately flying Vipers because of the absence of flight simulators, none of the nuggets perform particularly well. This leads Thrace to wash out the entire class, but she reverses herself on orders from Commander Adama.
Perry is selected to fly Viper 4267 in with Lee Adama during a raid on a Cylon tylium refinery as part of Strike Force Two. He is killed during the operation when an anti-aircraft bullet pierces both his Viper's cockpit and his flight suit (TRS: "The Hand of God").
Chuckles is later mentioned during a conversation between Captains Adama and Thrace about the pilots who have died, and is included in Thrace's toast to fallen comrades before the pilots in the rec room (TRS: "Scar").