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First Name: Robert

Last Name: Pennell

Birthplace: Fort Sill, OK, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Houston, TX

Date of Birth: 17 December 1914

Date of Death: 19 December 1961

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
Robert Pennell

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1939

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Robert Pennell

Colonel, U. S. Army

Silver Star

War Department, General Orders No. 60 (June 26, 1946)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Field Artillery) Robert Pennell (ASN: 0-22139), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 3d Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action at Bataan, Philippine Islands, on 19 January 1942.
On his own initiative on that date, Captain Pennell organized and led a patrol to investigate the reported presence of an enemy force in the Abo-Abo River valley. By his courageous conduct in action and with total disregard for his own safety, Captain Pennell made a material contribution to the Bataan defense. His gallant actions and selfless devotion to duty, without regard for his own safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Captain (Field Artillery) Robert Pennell (ASN: 0-22139), United States Army, was captured by the Japanese after the fall the Philippine Islands in 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his return to U.S. Military control at the end of hostilities in 1945.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 316534   Created by: drjones46




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