Vernick, Edward F., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 612-Airplane Armorer-Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Ordnance/Maintenance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1939-1941, 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1939 - 1941
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Hickam Field, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: M, 541

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Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1941, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1939-1941, 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-18 Bolo  B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1941-1941, B-18 Bolo
  1941-1941, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Private First Class Edward Vernick was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, Hickam Field, the Grey Geese".  The 11th Bomb Group had been activated on Hickham on 1 January 1940. The first B-17 aircraft arrived on base in April-May,  1940. Hickham was the principal army airfield at the beginning of the War.

On Sunday Morning, 7 December, the unit had just returned from two weeks of field maneuvers. Nearly all of the 11th's armament and maintenance crews were killed in the first bomb drops of the Japanese as they passed over Hangar 11. Others were killed in the new barracks which was a target, reportedly received the most damage of buidlings on Oahu.

Silver Star Citation

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward F. Vernick, Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Force, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy), during the Japanese aerial attack on Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941.

Private First Class Vernick, conspicuous for his bravery, assisted in repairing an airplane during the severe attack of bombing and strafing of the hangars. Private First Class Vernick was killed in this attack.

General Orders:  Action Date: 7-Dec-41
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron
Regiment: 11th Bombardment Group (H)

Donald K. & Helen L. Ross, 0755: Heroes of Pearl Harbor, Port Orchard, Washington: Rokalu Press, 1988.
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