George Gibson Penn, Jr.
June 5, 1915-October 5, 1950
George Gibson Penn, Jr., born June 5, 1915, in Columbus, Franklin County, OH, to his parents, George Gibson Penn, Sr., and Gertrude Anna (Cartwright) Penn, moved with his family about 1925, first to Atlanta, GA, and then to Jacksonville, Duval County, FL, where his father served as a railway mail clerk, and his mother served as an elementary school teacher. He attended Brentwood Elementary School, Kirby Smith Junior High School, and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School, class of 1933. He worked at Armor & Company before joining the U.S. Army Air Force in June, 1942, age 27.
He received his basic training and wings in California. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Force as a pilot in the Far East in the countries of China, Burma, India, Thailand, and the Andaman Islands. In the face of stiff enemy fire, he was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal for extraordinary bravery while serving as a member of the China-Burma-India Army Air Corps Task Force. As a result of his extraordinary service, he was promoted to First Lieutenant. However, due to extreme fatigue, he returned to Denver, CO, for hospitalization and treatment, where he met Adelaide Marie "Becky" Weissbeck, RN, U.S. Army, daughter of Joseph Weissbeck and Barbara (Dreiling) Weissbeck of Topeka, KS. On February 12th, 1944, they were married in Rolla, MO, and resided in Denver, CO, until after World War II, when they returned to Jacksonville, Duval County, FL. They were parents of three children, George Duane Penn, Marilyn Kay Penn, and Gertrude "Trudy" Gail Penn.
In 1943, the Jacksonville Journal and the Florida Times-Union published articles, "Jax War Hero Gets Air Medal," "Lt. Penn Is Awarded Air Medal," and a photo of Lt. George Gibson Penn, Jr. in his uniform.
George worked in the insurance business between 1945-1950. He died in Jacksonville, Duval County, FL, Thursday, October 5, 1950, age 35, possibly weakened by his military service during World War II. He was loved and respected by his family and many friends. His family members reported that he tried to encourage and help everyone who needed his assistance. He and his family had attended Anderson Memorial Methodist Church in Jacksonville, FL, where he was a member. He was also a member of a social fraternity, Zeta Alpha Tao.
His mother, Gertrude Anna (Cartwright) Penn, his wife, Adelaide Marie "Becky" (Weissbeck) Penn, his children, George Duane Penn, Marilyn Kay Penn, and Gertrude "Trudy" Gail Penn, his brother, Robert Jackson Penn, Sr. and his wife, Gloria Mildred (Yancey) Penn, his sisters, Anna Jean (Penn) Kindred, and her husband, William Earl Kindred, Julia Brooke (Penn) Moore, and her husband, Kenneth Francis Moore, Jacinta Lewis (Penn) Allemand, and her husband, Arnold Edward Allemand, Jr., Jeraldine Roberta (Penn) McCann, and her husband, John Paul McCann, Jr. and Helen M. (Penn) Byrd, and her husband, Rev. Richard E. Byrd, maternal uncle, Myles Hook Cartwright, and his wife, Sylvia Adelle (Hinkle) Cartwright, paternal aunt, Louise "Lula" Denny Penn, paternal uncle, Charles Baker Penn, many cousins, nieces and nephews survived him.
His father, George Gibson Penn, Sr., predeceased him on February 7, 1933, when he was 17 years old, leaving his mother to bring up seven children during the Great Depression. His paternal aunts, Annie Ernest (Penn) McIntosh and Mary Eleanor (Penn) McIntosh, and paternal uncle by marriage, Silas Carter McIntosh, maternal uncles, John Rox Cartwright and Raymond Herbert ("Bertie") Cartwright, also predeceased him.
Celebration of his life was held Saturday, October 7, 1950, 2:00 PM at the memorial chapel of Seashole Funeral Home with Rev. D.R. Sargeant of Anderson Memorial Methodist Church and Rev. Ellie W. Nesmith of Glendale Community Church officiating. Interment followed at Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval County, FL.
Paternal grandparents: Lewis George Penn and Mary "Mollie" Gray (Brooke) Penn. Paternal great grandparents: Andrew Jackson Penn and Martha (Kennerly) Penn, Rev. Col. George Gibson Brooke, chaplain during the Civil War (VA) and Eliza Jane (Smith) Brooke, daughter of Honorable Ballard Smith, Sr. and Mary "Polly" Gray (Davis) Smith, daughter of John Davis and Jane (Clendenin) Davis, who had been captured by Chief Cornstalk at age 5, and was later released under a treaty along with other prisoners. Paternal great, great grandparents: Captain Thomas Jefferson Penn (War of 1812), son of Col. Abraham Penn, who served during the Revolutionary War, Frances Martha (Leath) Penn, Rev. Benjamin Brooke, Sr., and Hannah (Gibson) Brooke.
Maternal grandparents: Jeremiah Alonzo "Jerry L." Cartwright, Julia Estella (Hook) Cartwright. Maternal great grandparents: Charles Clemens Cartwright, Sr., Mary "Polly" (Sinks) Cartwright, Rev. Franklin Ignatius Hook, United Methodist minister in IN and IA, and Charlotte Temple (McDonald) Hook. Maternal great, great grandparents, Charles Cartwright, Elizabeth "Betsy" (Paxton) Cartwright, John Sinks, Lydia (Hutchins) Sinks, Thomas Hook, Mary Ann (Barclay) Hook Smith, David Daniel McDonald, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War from IA, and served as state representative and sheriff of Adams County, IN, and Mary (Ball) McDonald.
Adelaide Marie Weissbeck Penn
1917–2012 (m. 1944)
George Penn, Jr.
1st Lt. 492 AAF Bomb Sq
World War II AM
June 5, 1915-Oct. 5, 1950
Gravesite Details Ship #82 Mission, March 24, 1943, George was sent to Interior with Illness
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