Tribute to John Dudley Terrell, Jr.by Former Representative Jo Bonner
Posted on 2013-02-28
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mr. BONNER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the memory of
an American hero and a good friend, Mr. John Dudley Terrell, Jr., who
recently passed away at the age of 91.
A native and lifelong resident of Mobile, Mr. Terrell graduated from McGill Institute and attended Springhill College.
Like many Alabamians of his generation, John answered his country's call to serve during World War II. As a young lieutenant with the Army Air Corps, he flew 51 combat missions at the controls of a B24 Liberator bomber in the European Theater of Operations.
His considerable wartime experience included participation in three historic battles: Air Offensive Europe, The Rome-Arno Campaign, and the Battle of Normandy where his bravery and combat piloting skills no doubt helped to advance the Allied efforts against the Axis powers.
For his courageous service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the European Theater Medal with three Bronze Stars.
After the Allied Victory in Europe, Mr. Terrell left the Army Air Corps to return to civilian life where he traded his role as an aviator for that of an Independent Insurance Agent in his hometown.
He partnered with business associates to form the Robertson, Grove and Terrell Agency. Later he joined W.K.P. Wilson and Son's, Inc. During his long and successful career in the insurance industry, he distinguished himself as exceptional businessman. Among his achievements, he was presented the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. He later joined TriCorp, Inc., where he worked until his well-deserved retirement.
John was a longtime member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church of Mobile. He was also an active member of numerous local community service organizations including several mystic societies.
On behalf of the people of South Alabama, I wish to extend my personal condolences to his wife of 60 years, Annunziata, their three children: Liz, John III, and Kathleen, and their 10 grandchildren. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
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