Mission accomplished: Master Sgt. Verlon Johnson reclaims medals before being laid to rest

Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM.

“We met at a pool party; he was the lifeguard,” said Maureen, who remembered his six-foot stature and muscled arms. She smiled, saying she “didn’t go out with him straightaway.”

He eventually won her over, and the couple married and purchased a lot in Santa Rosa Beach on which they would later retire in 1987.

It was there V.F.W. Verlon Johnson succumbed to a longtime sickness this past October. 

Johnson is survived by Maureen, and six children, as well as a number of grandchildren.

Though his wife only knew Johnson when his military service was a memory, she understood the importance of his burial in a military cemetery.

With Arlington National Cemetery full, Johnson decided the Green Beret would be laid to rest closer to his Northwest Florida home.

The sun was shining at Johnson’s late-October military funeral at Barrancas. Vietnam vet Charles Moore gave the eulogy for his fellow-serviceman.

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