January 21, 1987

The President today announced his intention to nominate Joseph Carlton Petrone to be Representative of the United States of America to the European Office of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador. He would succeed Gerald P. Carmen.

Mr. Petrone is a retired colonel from the U.S. Army, where he served from 1944 to 1970. Since 1970 he has been actively involved in farming, owning, and managing commercial and residential real estate and private investments in Iowa. From 1970 to 1976, Mr. Petrone chaired the Franco-American Memorial Day ceremonies at the United States World War I cemetery in France. In 1982 he attended the World Balance of Power Conference at Leeds Castle, England. He served as an Alternate Representative of the United States to the 22d Session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in Paris, France. In 1985 he was a delegate on a Presidential delegation to Tananarive, Madagascar.

Mr. Petrone graduated from West Point (B.S., 1944) and received a P.S.C. in 1957 from the British Staff College. His foreign language is French. He is married to the former Augusta Henderson. He was born November 30, 1922, in Marshalltown, IA.