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 Vernon Lionel Eddins

Vernon Lionel Eddins

Birth
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Death 27 Nov 2012 (aged 87)
Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Plot Plot: A-12 A 9
Memorial ID 101367677 · View Source
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SERVED IN THE U.S. MARINE CORPS IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS DURING WWII. MEMBER OF THE MARINE CORPS RAIDER BATTALIONS. FOUGHT AT GUADACANAL, BOUGAINVILLE, GUAM AND OKINAWA. BAYONETTED IN THE STOMACH AT BOUGAINVILLE. SHOT IN THE RIGHT LEG ON GUAM. AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART FOR COMBAT WOUNDS. RECEIVED THE AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL, ASIATIC-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN MEDAL WITH FOUR BRONZE STARS, WWII VICTORY MEDAL AND THE HONORABLE DISCHARGE LAPEL PIN.

Vernon L. Eddins, 87, of Pensacola passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Vernon was a great man.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother, Marine, singer, dancer and a genuinely happy person.

He showed us how to enjoy life. He had a wonderful marriage of more than 60 years. He loved his daughter and granddaughter who re-ignited his passion for singing. He treated the women in his life like princesses. He was a happy person who shared his passions of singing and dancing. He loved singing with the Belles and Beaux, the Senior Follies and with Red Lane and Michael McCartan at the Friday night dances at the Bayview Senior Center. Ken and Carolyn Turk adopted Vernon after Argie passed away in 2008. He loved them and they featured him in the production of the Senior Follies each year. They were his extended family.

He was a Patriot. He fought for his country and was proud of his service in the Marines 2nd and 3rd Raider Battalions during World War II as a master gunnery sergeant. He continued to share his war
experiences and weapons with the Marines at Pensacola Naval Air Station during their training. He loved attending the annual Marine Raider Battalion reunion's.
He was a brother. He grew up during times when families lived and worked closely with each other in downtown Pensacola. He and his brothers earned money the hard way; on the docks selling peanuts and mullet, at Casino Beach boxing matches, fighting for their country and eventually learning trades through apprenticeships. They had each other's backs as they grew up. They were his family.

He made friends throughout his whole life. He shared his life with others and they became part of his life and his extended family.
He was love, hugs, songs, dances and duty all wrapped up in a big happy smile. He will be missed. We Love You Vernon.

Vernon was preceded in death by his wife, Argie Eddins.

He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Walters (Mark) of Pensacola; granddaughter, Susannah Walters of Pensacola; brothers, Earl Eddins (Cordean) and Gordon Eddins (Sarah); brother-in-law, Ronnie Harris (Nancy); sister-in-law, Carolyn Bedgood (Gary); brother-in-law, Bobby Harris (Maxine) and sister-in-law, Mildred Daw.

Graveside services will be held at 1:15pm, Friday, November 30, 2012 at Barrancas National Cemetery aboard NAS, Pensacola at Shelter A. Dr. Geoffrey Lentz will be officiating with Marine Honors.

Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Eddins, Gordon Eddins, Ken Turk, Red Lane, Michael McCartan and Danny Eddins.


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MSGT US MARINE CORPS
WORLD WAR II, KOREA
PURPLE HEART


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  • Created by: Chronicler
  • Added: 27 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101367677
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vernon Lionel Eddins (10 Jul 1925–27 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101367677, citing Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Chronicler (contributor 47710864) .