John C. Pennington, 1968


Here is the jpg of John Pennington.  I took it about March or April of '68 in the mountains south of Da Nang somewhere, where we were working with a team that had found a bunker complex there.  This was after Hue of course, where John had really gotten into the battle on the trip with Gus that was the basis for those parts of the book (The Short-Timers).  We never knew exactly what John did in the week of fighting that made Gus so grateful to him, John was very talkative in some ways but not really about things relating to relationships with others.  We only heard a few words that implied he & Gus had gone through something together, but if John really saved Gus's life (as the young photographer does for Joker in the movie) he never mentioned it.

--R J Del Vecchio

--- General / Personal ---

First name: JOHN CHARLES
Home of Record (official): ROY
State (official): UT
Date of Birth: Tuesday, January 9, 1945
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single

--- Military ---

Branch: Marine Corps
Rank: CPL
Serial Number: 2275639
Component: Regular
Pay grade: E4
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 4631

--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Thursday, December 21, 1967
Date of Casualty: Sunday, June 9, 1968
Age at time of loss: 23
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Quang Tri
The Wall: Panel 58W - Row 013

--this info from No Quarter, The Vietnam Casualty Search Page

The dedication from The Short-Timers:

Dedicated to "Penny"
John C. Pennington, Corporal
Combat Photographer, First Marine Division
KIA, June 9, 1968


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