From a contemporary press report:
Colonel John Langendorf Pennino passed away from heart failure Tuesday, February 16, 1999. He was born November 4, 1919 in Vineland, New Jersey to S. John Pennino and Edna Langendorf Pennino.
Colonel Pennino was a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, class of 1940. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and the ROTC unit at Rutgers. He was Commissioned into the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in the Infantry throughout World War II and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was discharged after the War, and he taught High School in Belvedere, New Jersey, until he was recalled into the Army during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Adjutant General School in 1961 and the Command and General Staff Officers Course in 1963. He was awarded the Legion of Merit in 1942 and again in 1995. He earned the General Staff Identification in 1965 for service on the Army General Staff. Colonel Pennino was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal in 1965 and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster in 1969.
He served as Commanding Officer of the Adjutant General Support Center in Frankfurt, Germany from 1970 to 1973. He continued serving his country until his retirement from the U.S. Army 1974 as a Colonel.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Pennino of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Gail Consaul and her husband, Captain H. Parker Consaul, U.S. Navy (retired) of Newport News, Virginia; son, Jon David Pennino and his wife, Linda Pennino of Richmond, Virginia; grandchildren, H. Parker Consaul, IV of Newport News, Virginia, Ensign Elizabeth Arwen Consaul, U.S. Navy of Corpus Christi, Texas, Rachel Elizabeth Pennino of Richmond, Virginia; sister and brother-in-law, Brigadier General and Mrs. Vasco Fenili, U.S. Army (retired) of Tacoma, Washington; aunt, Louise Jablonski of Kingston, New York; step-son, Thomas L. Zumwalt of San Antonio, Texas. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Dowler Pennino.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 3, 1999 at 1 p.m. at Fort Myer Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery with interment to follow with full military honors. Memorials may be made to Grace Place; Alzheimers Activity Center, 4306 N.W. Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229.
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