I'm sorry for Bern's passing, but I'm grateful to have known Bern. One of my favorite memories of Bern was when I invited him to be the lunch speaker at the Chicago Tax Club and tell us about his experiences at Iwo Jima.
He was the consummate old Marine, and gave us a great talk. He told us about the sights, sounds, and many "tough" things he saw. Bern actually witnessed the famous flag raising. It was the first time that I saw that low key organization give a standing ovation to a lunch speaker. He was just marvelous!
Thanks for your service, Bern. Semper fi!