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Virgil Vernon Vining
Birth: Nov. 11, 1911
Mahaska
Washington County
Kansas, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 2004
Sun City
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Virgil joined the Navy several years before the start of WWII. When WWII commenced Virgil was stationed on the mine planter the USS Bittern in Manila Bay in the Philippines. It was bombed 10 Dec 1941. He then boarded another mine planter, the USS Finch, and it was bombed 10 April 1942. He then went to Corregidor and was there when it surrendered 2 May 1942.
As a POW he worked on the Nichols Field detail until August, 1944 when he was sent to Moji, Japan. He was sent to the POW Camp Nurami and worked in the locomotive factory in Nagoya. He was liberated in September 1945 by the Red Cross. He was flown home to the US and the Navy hospital in Norman, OK. He went back on full duty 10 May 1946 and retired from the Navy in 1954 after twenty years service.
In 1968 he published a book about his years as a POW titled "Guest Of An Emperor".
 
 
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 Parents:
  Harry R. Vining (1887 - 1972)
  Kathryne Elliott Vining (1887 - 1952)
 
 Spouse:
  Elberta L. Vining (1922 - 2011)*
 
 Siblings:
  Cecil H. Vining (1907 - 1990)*
  Roberta Katheryne Vining Reese (1910 - 1993)*
  Virgil Vernon Vining (1911 - 2004)
  Jesse A. Vining (1914 - 1921)*
  Lila M. Vining (1922 - 1929)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sunland Memorial Park
Sun City
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
 
Created by: Scott Lee
Record added: Dec 14, 2009
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Virgil Vernon Vining
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