Vern and Peggy were our neighbors on Whidbey Island from 1995 to 2004, and we've never had nicer neighbors. I have his fascinating book about his B-17 experiences. Vern was so proud of his Norden bombsight and we're happy to see it's in a museum now. Because of his land title experience, we often used his expertise to guide us in our decisions in our housing development. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of both Vern and Peggy. How very much they will be missed.
Linda and I met Vern as members of the 384 Bomb Group. We attended several reunions with Vern inclunding the Grafton Underwood reunion in England.
Vern was truly a member of the greatest generation. He was a good friend, modest about his accomplishments, very helpful and a key member of the 384th Bomb Group.
We will truly miss him and wish his family all the best at a difficult time.
I only met Vern once at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in England, he was with other bomb group airmen. He struck me as a very good chap and oh so modest.
I am very sorry to hear that he has left us. My very best wishes to his family.
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Vern was a terrific mentor and example to so many, including me. A true patriot, and a great friend of Claire's & mine. A mutual friend of ours summed up Vern much better than can I. I quote: "good life; good friend; good man". All that, and much more.
You were a great neighbor. You will certainly be missed.
Wayne & Gladys Bath