In 1970 he was stationed in the northern province of Viet-Nam, west of DA-Nang, at Camp Eagle, home of the 101st Airborne the Screaming Eagles. Then permanently assigned to Fire Base Bastogne with the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, and 327th Infantry Regiment. Bastogne was located in the north central highlands of Viet-Nam with the Laos border to the west and the South China Sea to the east and just 8 mile south of the demilitarized zone, overlooking the in-famous Asha-Valley. Some of the duties assigned while in country was infantrymen did a lot of walking looking for a guy named Charlie. Ordinance specialist, platoon radio operator, and an assigned crew member on a CH-47 helicopter. Finally as a heli-port manager on Fire Base Bastogne until his departure. Returned home in November 1971. Medals awarded; Army Service Medal, Army Accommodations’ Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Meritorious Unit Citation award, Viet-Nam Service Medal, Vietnamese-Service Metal, Vietnamese-Metal of Valor, Vietnamese Distinguished Service medal and the Army’s Bronze Star medal (awarded in April-1971). Left Viet-Nam with the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) and separated from the Army in February 1973. Shortly after meeting his bride to be (1983) he started on the path with the Lord. Bernie is a devote christen with the love of Christ and his fellow men. He has a special place in his heart for the American service man. At the current time, Bernie is one of our senior members of the church and is always looked up too and held in the highest regard. HE IS TRULY AN AMERICAN HERO.
Nominated By Larry J. Tibbet
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