Penman family recognized for WWII Jeep Dedication

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
VFW member David Fowler is the current driver of the WWII Jeep. On behalf of the VFW, he presented a Flag Shadow Box to Sandy Simmons of Portageville. Simmons is a niece of Charles Penman, who donated the Jeep to the VFW Post. The presentation was apart of the School Programs Awards Banquet held last Friday night at the VFW Post in Lilbourn. -Scott Seal photo.

Last Friday night during the VFW Patriot Pen Awards, Colonel James Russell presented a little history about their WWII Jeep.

The Jeep was donated to the Lilbourn VFW Post 7183 by one of their members, T/Sgt Charles Penman.

The VFW Post has been taking it to several community events throughout New Madrid County.

Recently, at the Veterans Breakfast in Portageville, Penman's niece, Sandy Simmons discussed the Jeep and her uncle with members of the VFW Post. She has asked if the VFW could provide her with a list of Penman's medals. That information was shared Friday.

During the School Awards Program, the VFW Post 7183 presented to Sandy Simmons with a folder that contains a copy of T/Sgt Penman's good Conduct Discharge along with a copy of his service record. They also presented her with a Flag case with a shadow box for the Penman family to have a token of the VFW's appreciation of TSGT Penman's service to the country and his support of the VFW Post.

Charles Penman entered into service in March 1942 and separated from the Army in June 1945.

While in WWII he served in the Army Air Force as an Aerial Photographer, and Aerial gunner in the 353rd Bomb Squadron, doing duty in the European theater of war.

He saw action in the following: Rome Arno, Po Valley, North Apennines, Balkan, Southern France, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Air Offensive Europe, Air Combat Europe.

He received the following medals and ribbons: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, European African Middle Theater Ribbon with one Silver Battle Star and Four Bronze Battle Stars, Two Overseas Service Bars, and Good Conduct Ribbon.