The Perricone Quads

Born: Oct. 31, 1929 in Beaumont, Texas

The Perricone Quads made history when they made their way into the world on a cold and stormy Halloween  in 1929 and they catapulted a Beaumont family into the public eye.

Maria Concetta “Bessie” Mazzu Perricone and Philip “Filippo” Perricone, of Italian descent, already had five sons and had lost a daughter to complications from the whooping cough when the bundle of four boys came along.

Anthony, Bernard, Carl and Donald - the Alphabet Quads - Perricone made national headlines many times through the years — they were the second documented set of quadruplets born in the U.S. and the first surviving male quads in the world

In 1950, all four brothers were drafted. Carl got orders to go to Korea but agreed to go only if his brothers accompanied him. In the Army, brothers are prohibited from serving in the same unit, but with the help of then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, the Perricones went to Korea together.

When the brothers returned from Korea in 1953, they did so with the intention of never returning.

It was their decision to serve together in the same unit during the Korean War, something that was unheard of at the time — that kept them in the limelight and showed their true patriotism.  After the war, all four went to work at Pure Oil Refinery. Soon, Anthony decided he truly wanted to be a barber and left the other three, who stayed at Pure Oil/Union 76 until they retired. After coming home, the boys purchased property and developed a private road (Quad Lane) on which they and two other brothers built homes, The homes, just off Walden Road, are still occupied by Perricones - descendants of the family.

 

In 2010 Carl got a call from dignitaries in South Korea asking for the four brothers to join the South Korean president in a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

Carl, the only surviving brother made the trip and represented his brothers and the United States at the ceremony.

 

Anthony, Bernard, Carl and Donald celebrated their last birthday all together in 1989.

Bernard died the following year. Donald passed in 1991 and Anthony died in 1998. Carl still resides there with his lovely wife, Anne.

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