Roy G. Penix

Roy G. Penix
Date of birth: Nov. 29, 1925
Dates of service: 1943 to 1946
Hometown: Tucumcari
Theater and location of service: Pacific
Branch: Navy
Rank: Seaman 1st class
Unit and specialty: USS Mount Olympus, 3rd Amphibious Force
Lives in: Lindon, Utah

In his words: With his father’s help, Penix obtained a job with the railroad at the age of 17 even though he was too young. When railroad officials asked for his draft status, Penix was afraid if he told them how old he was he would be fired. Wanting to keep his railroad job, he quickly went to the Navy and enlisted, knowing the railroad would hold his position for him if he went into the service.

Penix was assigned to the USS Mount Olympus and served on a four-man crew that operated a 36-foot boat used to transport high-ranking personnel. Spending the majority of his time in the Pacific, Penix and his ship were present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese signed the peace treaty.