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Corp Vernon LaMar Berrey
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Birth: Jul. 28, 1915
Bear Lake County
Idaho, USA
Death: Apr. 11, 1945, Germany

Brothers Lose Life In Service

Caption 1: Corporal Vernon LaMar Berrey, 29, of the field artillery, killed in action in Germany, April 11, 1945.
Caption 2: S/Sgt. Zane Richard (Dick) Berrey, 20, turret gunner on a B-24, killed in action on Morotai, April 30, 1945.

Within a period of 19 days two brothers, sons of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Berrey of Montpelier, died half-way across the world from each other, one in Germany, the other in the Pacific, while in the service of their country. As far as is known, this is the first and only double death casualty to have come to a Montpelier or Bear Lake family.

Berreys Lose Sons On Both Battle Fronts
The most dreaded of all news came this and last week to the A. L. Berrey family of Montpelier, when information was received that two sons were killed in the service of their country while in action on widely separated fronts.

First word was received recently of the death of Corporal Vernon LaMar Berrey, 29, which occurred somewhere in Germany, April 11 [1945]. Then yesterday another telegram from the adjutant general stated that S/Sgt. Zane Richard (Dick) Berrey, 20, was killed in action on Morotai, April 30 [1945]. Just received by the parents this week under date of April 17 [1945] was a letter (appearing elsewhere in this issue) from General George Kenney stating that S/Sgt. Zane R. Berrey was recently decorated with the Air Medal.

Both young men starred in athletics while attending Montpelier High School.

Corporal Berrey was born in Montpelier on July 28, 1915, and received his education in the Montpelier schools before attending the University of Idaho at Moscow two years. He was affiliated with Delta Chi fraternity.

Corporal Berrey and Zoe Vee Gephart were married in Denver in November, 1940, where they made their home until he enlisted in the armed forces in January, 1943. He received his military training at Camp Howze, Texas, Camp Livingston, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Camp San Luis Obispo, California. He left for overseas duty February 1, 1945 with the 86th Division Field Artillery, serving somewhere in France.

S/Sgt. Zane Richard was born in Montpelier December 19, 1924. Here he attended grade and high schools. Shortly after graduating with the class of 1943 he entered the service on July 12. Following training at various fields in the United States, he went overseas in November, 1944, as a turret gunner on a B-24.

Besides their parents and Corporal Berrey's wife, the brothers leave behind to mourn their death, two grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bissegger of Montpelier, four sisters, Mrs. Ruth Walton, Montpelier; Miss Gertrude Berrey and Miss Florence Berrey, Salt Lake City; and Mrs. Mina Welch, Oregon; three brothers, John H. Berrey, Pocatello; Milton J. Berrey, MM 3/c of the Navy Seabees, stationed in the Marianas; and Garth D. Berrey, USNR in Montpelier awaiting call for active duty.

Obituary transcribed by Eileen Lentz from image of newspaper clipping sent via email by Marsha Passey on 16 November 2012
Family links: 
  Adam La Mar Berrey (1886 - 1961)
  Julia LaReva Bissegger Berrey (1892 - 1974)
  Ruth Berrey Walton (1909 - 2003)*
  Gertrude Berrey (1910 - 2002)*
  Mina Berrey Lorenz (1912 - 2006)*
  Vernon LaMar Berrey (1915 - 1945)
  Florence LaReva Berrey (1917 - 1995)*
  John Henry Berrey (1919 - 1997)*
  Zane Richard Berrey (1924 - 1945)*
  Garth DeVerl Berrey (1927 - 2005)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Entered the service from Colorado.
Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial
Eijsden-Margraten Municipality
Limburg, Netherlands
Maintained by: Eileen Lentz
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
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Corp Vernon LaMar Berrey
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