From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Chester Penney, Jr. '46

Date of birth: October 18, 1924

Date of death: November 11, 1950

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1946 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

1st Lt Penney was Killed in Action during the Korean War. Penney, Annapolis Class of 1946, was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was killed while fighting enemy forces. Penney's body was not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing.

He was survived by his his wife, Florence; daughters, Kathy L & Linda L; his parents, Mr & Mrs Chester O Penney. (It appears his body actually was recovered and is buried in California.)

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Chester Osgood Penney, Jr. (MCSN: 0-44929), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Leader of an Infantry Platoon of Company C, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Korea from 2 to 11 November 1950. With his company pinned down by intense automatic weapons and small-arms fire emanating from a well-entrenched hostile strongpoint on commanding ground to the direct front of his position on 11 November, First Lieutenant Penney voluntarily risked his life to reconnoiter the approaches to the ridgeline. Continually exposing himself to shattering hostile machine-gun and small-arms fire as he advanced, he determined the key features and disposition of the enemy before returning to his own lines to prepare for attack. Spearheading the assault, he led his platoon directly into the heart of the position under blistering fire, plunging into the emplacement and personally killing at least seven of the enemy during the furious encounter. Coordinating and leading his platoon with superb skill until he was fatally struck down by a bursting hostile grenade, First Lieutenant Penney, by his aggressive leadership, valiant fighting spirit and grim determination, was directly instrumental in neutralizing the enemy force and in enabling his company to continue its advance. His fortitude and unrelenting devotion to duty throughout this period of intensive combat action served as a constant inspiration to all who observed him and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 1203 (December 4, 1951)
Action Date: November 2 - 11, 1950
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: First Lieutenant
Company: Company C
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 7th Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)

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Wayne Swanson '46 and William Whalen, Jr. '46 were also members of 1st Company.

Class of 1946

Chester is one of 36 members of the Class of 1946 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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