Sergeant Major Frederick Werner
Retired Army Sergeant Major Frederick Ray Werner, 94, died November 25, 2020, after supper.
He was born 28 September 1926 at Bonners Ferry, Idaho. He moved to Bremerton in 1932. He was preceded in death by his parents, Egbert and Lily Werner, and his wife, Carol Marie (Vea) Werner. His draft notice was received while in Kitsap Central High School in 1944. He entered the Army in February, 1945, and after basic training, he was sent to the Philippines, and later was one of the first American troops to enter Japan after the end of WWII. After separation, he attended then Olympic Junior College, during which time, he married his high school sweetheart, Carol Marie Vea. After graduation, he reentered the Army and attended Officers' Candidate School at Fort Riley, Kansas. Upon completion of branch officers training in Virginia, he was sent to Korea in September, 1951. At the end of the Korean conflict, he reverted to enlisted status as a Sergeant First Class in 1954. He was then sent to Taiwan to serve as a Military Advisors Assistance Group (MAAG) advisor to the Chinese army in 1954 and 1955. He served in Vietnam in 1967 and 1970 during the Tet Offensive, where he was promoted to Sergeant Major. While in the service he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal with 5 clasps, the Asiatic Pacific Legion Medal, the WWII Veteran's Medal, the Army Occupation of Japan Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Veteran's National Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the UN Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. After 26 years of service he retired from the Army in 1974. In 1975 he went to work for the Puget Sound Power and Light Company. He retired from there in 1990.
Sergeant Major Werner was a life member of several organizations: VFW Post #4992, DAV Post #5, Siverdale Grange, Hood Canal Masonic Lodge #288, Scottish Rite Lodge, Valley of Naha Okinawa, and the Nile Temple of Shrine. He was a Past Patron of Shuri Chapter #1 Order of the Eastern Star, Okinawa, and twice past patron of Belfair Chapter #241 OES. He was five times Rainbow Dad of Coral Assembly #1 Order for Rainbow for Girls on Okinawa,and a past Rainbow Dad for Bremerton Assembly Rainbow for Girls. He was awarded the Grand Cross of Colors from the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. He also served as Scoutmaster of Troop 111, Boy Scouts of America, on Okinawa from 1963 to 1965.
He is survived by his three children, David Werner of Bremerton, Ronald Werner of El Cajon, CA, and Valerie Fleckner of Port Orchard. Also four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. There will be a private family service December 17, 1230 hrs., at Silverdale Lutheran, and, covid permitting, there wll be a graveside service at Forest Lawn. Also, covid permitting, there will be a Masonic memorial service, as well as a color guard.
Published in Kitsap Sun from Jan. 7 to Jan. 11, 2021.