Wife finds late husband's Green Beret medals in trunk

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 05:59 PM.

Verlon Johnson joined the U.S. Army at the age of 16 in 1952, and in Vietnam and Korea before retiring in 1974. During his nearly 22-year career in the U.S. Special Forces as a Green Beret, he became a highly decorated combat parachutist, with two purple hearts, a bronze star, and eight other medals of valor in his career with the 101st Airborne. He passed away last October at the age of 76 after years of suffering from complications of a stroke.

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The 7th Special Forces will hold a ceremony, with a special presentation of the found medals to Johnson, 9 a.m., May 15 in Crestview. Friends of Johnson have volunteered to drive her there and back.

"I think it's wonderful that they're going to do this, it's very empowering," Johnson said. "I think he [Verlon] would be very proud."


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