Bernie and Dorothy grew up in Connecticut and loved to ice skate. On recalling an early skating adventure Bernie learned that figure skating isn't as easy as it looks. After a fall and broken nose, Bernie was ready to quit but Dorothy wanted to stay and skate the day away!
Bernie's 5th grade picture taken at St. James Catholic School in Danielson, Connecticut. Dress code required a tie everyday and girls had to wear dresses below the knee.
Bernie in 1966 with his parachute rigger class graduation, in Lakehurst, New Jersey. He remembers standing guard duty in the hanger where the Hindenberg crashed. There were some spooky sounds coming out of that hanger at night.
Pictured here in Quang-Tri, Vietnam, digging a hole to jump in during artillery and rocket attacks. There weren't any bunkers there at that time. Bernie's helicopter unit was one of the first to arrive, prior to the Tet Offensive of 1968.
Standing in front of his living quarters at Quang-Tri, Bernie wearing his flight suit is getting ready to launch various combat missions. He flew a total of 381 missions while overseas.
Sitting on a mountain of sandbags ... One of Bernie's subordinates stole a fan from the officer's mess and got caught. Together they were assigned the consequence of filling 1500 sandbags to be used for building bunkers. This took at least a week or more of off-time to complete. On returning 'back to the world' Bernie did not care to go near a beach for several years.
Bernie and friend Ray both joined the military at the same time (1966). Pictured here on leave Ray, a Navy Sailor, and Bernie in Marine Khakis on their way out for a night on the town. Ray spent 24 years in the Navy and Merchant Marines before retiring.
This is the last photo ever taken of Bernie and his whole family in 1970, while he was home on leave. Picture L to R: sister Dorothy, mother Muriel, father Raymond, Bernie, and brother David.
Bernie's dad Raymond and his identical twin brother, Paul. Both were Navy veterans of WWII. Bernie's dad sustained injury on D-day at Normandy Beach.
Bernie went to school annually while working at Harley Davidson Dealerships in Wilksboro, North Carolina. Pictured here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the Harley Davidson Factory for technical training (1998).