Sgt. Jack M. Kerner
In memory of my brother who died on this date, July 39, fifteen years ago. At the outbreak of World War II, he tried to enlist in the Canadian Air Force, but he washed out of pilot training when he failed his flight physical. Determined to get into the fight, he joined the United States Marine Corps the day after Pearl Harbor and spend the rest of the war in the South Pacific, including the battles of Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. He later fought in the Korean War and served as a forward observer at the hydrogen bomb tests at Eniwetok.
After he retired from military service in 1962 he tried his hand at teaching high school woodworking classes and a landscape gardening business. He suffered lifelong disabilities, both physical and psychological, from his wartime experiences, but he was a survivor, living to be eight-four.