|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1924|
Bear Lake County
|Death: ||Oct. 30, 1945|
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. [Map of Morotai, North Moluccas, Indonesia]
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 . 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 . Just received by the parents this week under date of April 17  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
Morotai during WWII:
The Battle of Morotai, part of the Pacific War, began on September 15, 1944, and continued until the war ended in August 1945. The fighting began when United States and Australian forces landed on the south-west corner of Morotai, a small island in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI), which the Allies needed as a base to support the liberation of the Philippines later that year. The invading forces greatly outnumbered the island's Japanese defenders and secured their objectives in two weeks. Japanese reinforcements landed on the island between September and November, but lacked the supplies needed to effectively attack the Allied defensive perimeter. Intermittent fighting continued until the end of the war, with the Japanese troops suffering heavy loss of life from disease and starvation.
Morotai's development into an Allied base began shortly after the landing, and two major airfields were ready for use in October. These and other base facilities played an important role in the liberation of the Philippines during 1944 and 1945. Torpedo boats and aircraft based at Morotai also harassed Japanese positions in the NEI. The island's base facilities were further expanded in 1945 to support the Australian-led Borneo Campaign, and Morotai remained an important logistical hub and command center until the Dutch reestablished their colonial rule in the NEI.
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)*
Note: Entered the service from Idaho.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital, Philippines
Maintained by: Eileen Lentz
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
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