John C Panella

John C Panella







John C Panella






John C Panella served in the US Navy Armed Guard Service during World War II. John served on the SS Robert Lansing, SS Elisha Graves Otis and SS George Shiras. In addition, he played in the Navy Armed Guard Band from time to time. John lives in New Castle, Pennsylvania with his lovely wife, Rosemarie. He can be contacted by email at jsantini@prodigy.net.








Picture below - L to R: Bottom Row: John Panella - tenor sax, D Riley - 3rd altosax, Harry Andrews - vocalist, Joe Mitchell - baritone sax, Peats - tenor sax, Harrold Black - guitar, Joe Shimrosky - accordian Top Row: Nuff Stevenson - trombone, Joe Beatie -trombone, Dick Russell - trombone, John Brantigan - trumpet, Milt LaMasters - trumpet, Bud Weiser - trumpet, Jack Westphaeling - trumpet, Art Giannico - druns, Barker - bass fiddle.


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Pictured below is Art Giannico


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Pictured below is John Panella on the left and Art Giannico on the right


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Pictured below is Harry Andrews, SS Elisha Graves Otis, 1944


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Pictured below is "Red" fromCleveland, Ohio, SS Elisha Graves Otis, 1944


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Pictured below is John C Panella, 1944, SS Elisha Graves Otis


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Pictured below is John C Panella giving a haircut to a shipmate on the SS Elisha Graves Otis in 1944


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Pictured below is "Tiny" Yelnick, SS Elisha Graves Otis, 1944


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Pictured below is John C Panella, SS Elisha Graves Otis, 1944


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Pictured below is the Navy Armed Guard Band, Haverstraw, NY, 4/14/1944, John Panella on far left


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Pictured below is John C Panella, SS Elisha Graves Otis, 1944


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Pictured below is John C Panella, SS Elisha Graves Otis, 1944


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Pictured below is some of the crew aboard the SS Elisha Graves Otis in 1944


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Pictured below is a picture of the Navy Armed Guard Band from the April 28, 1944 Brooklyn Eagle with John C Panella on the far left


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Shown below is the newspaper story that accompanied the picture above


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Pictured below is the Brooklyn Armed Guard Center Band with line pointing to John Panella (Near the center)


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Pictured below is the Brooklyn Armed Guard Center Band. This was a very large picture and had to be scanned in three parts, then spliced, so it is not perfect.


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