Vernie J. Burns
Photo of me while in Samar attached.
Burns, Vernie J., Y3c, a member of VJ 13. I reported for duty 9 Feb. 1944, and worked in the personnel office with Olsen, Harold C.,CY, Schneider, Jack L.C.,Y1c, and Motsch, Marvin N., Y3c. One 0f my duties was to type the Squadron personnel roster each month. After leaving the Navy April 1946, I returned to my hometown, Gadsden, Al. and still live in the same area.
The last 5 years, Jack Schneider and I have been in contact by E-mail and phone. He stayed in the Navy and retired in Aug 1971 as Lt. Commander. After retirement, he lived in San Diego, Ca. and passed away 23 Aug. 2004.
Allred, Hoyt E., AOM3c lived in Gadsden, Al. He and his wife are both deceased.
Abney, William C., AOM3c, lives in Attalla, Al. near Gadsden, and our paths cross occasionally.
The Squadron emblem of the rooster, towing the target and camera under a wing, was originally painted by Palmer, Gene E.,S1c, who was a good artist. We had decals made of the rooster in different sizes. I have some, but they are brittle and canít be transferred. Palmer made a pencil sketch profile of me that I still have.
Vernie also explains in an email how the book came about...