Berry, Vernie, MSgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Primary Unit
1946-1947, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Service Years
1946 - 1967
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Home Town
Abilene
Last Address
Abilene

Date of Passing
Sep 30, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Texas State Veterans Cemetery - Abilene, Texas
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Not Specified

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Vernie Berry
Abilene

Vernie Berry left his earthly body on September 30, 2010. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at North's Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange Street with Tommy Thomason officiating. Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery under the supervision of North's Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at North's Funeral Home.
Mr. Berry was born on August 23, 1928 to Cade and Della Carter. He retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant after twenty- one years. He then spent twenty -two years with the United States Post Office. As a life long resident of Abilene, his passion for fishing was apparent to all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Ida Berry, Daughters : V.G. Shawver, Sue Black, Lorna Hogg; Sons: Jerry Nichols, Billy Thomason, Tommy Thomason, and Doyle Thomason. He was blessed with sixteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
On-line condolences can be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com


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Published in Abilene Reporter-News on October 3, 2010
   
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Vietnam War
From Month/Year
January / 1960
To Month/Year
August / 1973

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1961
To Month/Year
August / 1973
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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