Youngest of Widely Known Perricone Quadruplets Dies
NEDERLAND, Texas (AP) _ Bernard Perricone, the youngest of the world’s first documented male quadruplets to survive, has died at age 60.
Perricone died Sunday at a Nederland hospital after a heart attack, said his brother Donald.
Bernard, Donald, Anthony and Carl Perricone were born on Halloween night, 1929, in a Beaumont farmhouse without electricity. Their parents, immigrants from Italy, already had five sons and had hoped for a girl.
The Perricone quads were only the second documented quadruplets in the country.
All four served in the same unit of the Army for seven months in Korea after receiving special permission arranged by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson. Army policy normally prohibits brothers from serving in the same unit.
Following military service, all four worked for Pure Oil Co., which has become Union Oil.
After Bernard retired from the refinery’s clerical department, he managed a warehouse with his wife, Mildred, until his death.
He is survived by his wife, eight brothers, including Anthony, Donald and Carl, and three children.
Services were scheduled for Tuesday.