Posted On August 15th, 2010 -


Gen Triantafellu was born in Daytona Beach, FL on Oct 17, 1917. He passed away peacefully in his hometown on Aug 6, 2010.

His 35 years of military service began with enlistment into the FL National Guard in 1937. He went to aviation cadet school and served as an Army Air Corps Lt lead crew/ squadron bombardier in WWII with 25 missions in Europe. Post WWII he set up a triple-rated USAF radar-navigation school, and served as Director of Intelligence at various HQ USAF commands. He retired in 1972 as assistant chief of staff for intelligence, HQ USAF at the Pentagon. Shortly after retirement, he and his wife moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he has consulted with CINPAC and MITRE on current military intelligence matters over the last 30+ years.

Gen Triantafellu was a rated master navigator. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Presidential Unit Citation Emblem, French Croix de Guerre with silver star, and Vietnamese Air Order Second Class.

His pastimes included surfing at Waikiki with the local beach boys, enjoying sunsets, playing gin, tinkering at his workbench, daily swims, golfing twice a week (walking the course until two years ago), get togethers with friends and family, and traveling throughout every continent. He was well liked and quoted often for his wit and friendly conversation (“keep on keeping on,” “filling those squares”).

He is predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Ruth Anne, son Rockly Jr, and younger brother S.Nick Triantafellu. He will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery next to his wife and son. He is survived by daughters Nicolette Triantafellu (George Janek) and Christine Overstreet (Dennis), grandchildren, youngest brother Nick Triantafellu Jr (Peggy), and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

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