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 Richard Joseph Bernier

Richard Joseph Bernier

Death 31 May 1997 (aged 72)
Burial Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Section 7, site 332-B
Memorial ID 361019 · View Source
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News & Observer, The (Raleigh, NC) - June 4, 1997



RALEIGH - CWO4 Richard J. Bernier, USMC (ret), an American hero, died on May 31, 1997. A career Marine, Dick Bernier was one of few American fighting men to have served with honor in World War II, in Korea and in Vietnam. Although no enemy would fell him in three wars, on his final tour in Vietnam he was exposed to the toxin known as "Agent Orange," a jungle defoliant used by the United States in that war.

This exposure led to cancer. He died with dignity and pride for his country.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Raleigh National Cemetery.

He is survived by his devoted and loved wife of 48 years, Helena Opitz Bernier of Raleigh; their eight children: Mary Southern of Raleigh; Kathleen Saville of Corona, CA, Anne Bernier of Wayne, PA., Margaret Lassiter of Mount Dora, FL, Frank Bernier of South Ogden, UT, Joan Bernier of Orlando, FL, Joseph Bernier of Anchorage, AK. and Michelle Gilmore of Knightdale; his sister, Joan Bernier of Hartford, CT.; and brothers, Gerald Bernier of FL and Francis Bernier of CA; and by his 18 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Navy & Marine Corps Relief Society, a nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Arlington, VA.

Semper Fidelis, Richard J. Bernier.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary's Street.


Chief Warrant Officer 4, U.S. Marine Corps, World War II, Korea, Vietnam




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