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Age 20
Tech Sergeant – United States Army
DOD: September 22, 1944

TSGT Vernon was reported missing in action from a flight over Germany on September 17,
1944. Information that he had died came from the German government via the Red Cross.

PARENTS: Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Vernor, 806 Lorena Avenue, Wood River

TSgt Vernon graduated from EAWRCHS and was employed at Standard Oil before entering service at Scott Field March 27, 1942. He took his primary training at Miami Beach, FL and later trained at Keesler Field, MISS and Laredo, Texas. He went overseas in June, 1944 and served as first engineer and gunner of a B-24 Liberator when his plane was shot down on a raid over the rail center of Kessel, Germany.

The Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster was awarded posthumously and presented to his mother with family members present and also Betty Holpher, fiancée of Sgt.Vernon on April 27, 1945.

The award was for meritorious achievement in accomplishing, with distinction, several aerial operation missions over occupied continental Europe. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by the individual in face of dangerous opposition materially aided the successful completion of these missions, and his action reflected great credit upon himself and the armed forces of the U.S., according to a written government testimony which Major Wyeth presented. He was previously awarded the Purple Heart.