Vernon H. Waters

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Charleston, WV

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Corporal Vernon Waters bravely served during WWII in the Pacific Theater as a demolition specialist with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, on both Guam and Iwo Jima, where he made the ultimate sacrifice while conducting combat operations. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions on February 28, 1945 during the battle of Iwo Jima.

Standing over 6 feet 5 inches tall, Vernon was described as a “Gentle Giant” with a winsome personality. Those who were fortunate enough to call him a friend say that he was extremely loyal and generous. His genuinely positive attitude inspired others.

Corporal Waters was a great friend and fellow recruit of Medal of Honor recipient, Corporal Woody Williams, at MCRD San Diego. Vernon and Woody also served together in combat on Guam and Iwo Jima, establishing a special bond of friendship. Woody has always considered Vernon to be the best friend he ever had, “closer than a brother.”

Age: 24

Date of Death: March 03, 1945

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