Mar. 4, 2008 Fort Belvoir Fairfax County Virginia, USA
U.S. Marine Corps, Col. U.S. Army;, WW II, Korea, Vietnam (Ret.).
In 1960, he received his bachelor's degree in Asian studies from the University of Kansas, and master's in political science in 1967 from Boston University. He also completed doctoral course work at Berkeley.
At 18 years of age, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific and China as an enlisted man. In 1947, he joined the U.S. Army. By 1948, now-Corp. Bernard was an honorary member of the 555th, an African-American parachute regiment known as "Triple Nickel".
In 1950, he was stationed in Japan as a platoon leader with L Company, 21st Infantry, and was sent to Kokura Airfield to help a task force, led by Col. Charles B. Smith, load a plane for a trip to Korea, shortly after the North Korean invasion of the south. Five days later, then-Lt. Bernard was at Osan when it was overrun in the first engagement between U.S. and North Korean forces in the Korean War. A week later, he led a group of survivors through enemy lines and back to U.S. positions.
He retired from the military in 1978 and ran a consulting firm that specialized in Army readiness and U.S.-French military relations.
His marriage to Barbara Browne Bernard ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Edith H. Jouanin Bernard; two children from his first marriage, Mary Martha Santos & Franklin Hugh Bernard; two sons from his second marriage, Joel Pierre Bernard, & Jacques Thomas Bernard; grandchildren, Jared, Jeremy, & Jessica Santos, Robert & James Bernard; a sister; five brothers.
From the Washington Post, Washington, D.C., March 11, 2008.
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In 1950, he was stationed in Japan as a platoon leader with L Company, 21st Infantry, and was sent to Kokura Airfield to help a task force, led by Col. Charles B. Smith, load a plane for a trip to Korea, shortly after the North Korean invasion of the sout...(Read more) -
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