Pottawattamie County

Pfc. Glenn O. Vernon


Glenn Vernon Gets Purple Heart

Pvt. Glenn O. Vernon has been awarded the purple heart for wounds suffered in action in Italy in April, and has forwarded the medal to his wife at 2204 South Seventh street.

In the service since August 3, 1943, he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., until transferred to overseas territory in February.

In a letter to his wife, Pvt. Vernon said that he had suffered shrapnel injury to his left cheek but that he has completely recovered now and expects to return to active duty soon.

Prior to entering the service, he was employed as a mail carrier at the local postoffice.

Pvt. Vernon is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Vernon, 3301 Avenue A. He has a baby daughter, Sandra Frances.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Saturday, May 20, 1944, Page 18


NEW YORK, AP – The army transport Lawrence Victory, carrying the bodies of 4,183 Americans who died in world war II, is scheduled to dock at the Brooklyn army base at 8 p.m. (CST) Friday.

Bodies of two Council Bluffs soldiers, Pfc. Glenn O. Vernon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Vernon 3301 Avenue A, and Tech 5-g Harry E. Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Albert Peterson, 710 First avenue, are being returned to the United States from Europe.

They are among 4,183 Americans being returned on the transport Lawrence Victory, the department of the army announced Thursday. Arrival of the vessel will be announced by the New York port of embarkation.

Funeral arrangements for Vernon, former Council Bluffs mail carrier, will be in charge of Cutler’s funeral home. His wife, Helen, has remarried, lives in California. A daughter, Sandra Frances Vernon, is with her mother. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. C. H. Sherwood of Council Bluffs and Mrs. Lawrence Feyerabend of Pipestone, Minn.

Vernon was killed in France on Nov. 3, 1944. He was a member of the 7th army. He entered the army in July, 1943, was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., went overseas in January, 1944, receiving the purple heart and bronze star in Italy.

[NOTE: Tec5 Harry Peterson’s portion of this article has been omitted but may be found on his individual webpage within this site.]

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thursday, May 06, 1948, Page 8

Pfc. Glenn O. Vernon

Services for Pfc. Glenn O. Vernon, 26, who was killed in action in France in 1944, will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at Cutler chapel. The body will arrive in Council Bluffs Tuesday.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Monday, June 07, 1948, Page 6