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Marine Sgt Vernon Carlson (Ole).
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Last Address Born in Havre, MT and moved to Vista, CA in 1931.
Date of Passing Oct 14, 2003
Location of Interment Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (VA) - San Diego, California
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"CARLSON, VERNON L. (Ole): Vernon Lyman Carlson was born at Havre, MT on 8 January 1922 and passed over on 14 October 2003. The family moved to Vista,CA in 1931. He graduated Vista, CA High School in June 1940, enlisting that month in the US Marine Corps. He was in the Detachment of Marines, USS West Virginia when she was sunk at Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec.'41. Subsequent assignments included the defense of Midway; training mortarmen at then Camp Elliot, CA; 1st Prov. Marine Brigade, Guadalcanal, preparing to invade Guam; the Guam Operation; Okinawan Operation with the Sixth Marine Division, then to China with the same Division disarming Japanese military. "Ole" was honorably separated from the USMC on 17 Jun.'46. He attended San Diego State College for one year then transferred to the Univ. of Montana at Bozeman, MT. He married Belma (Peggy) Brown, a former USMC Aux. in '48, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering in June '50. His career in that field took him to many places. Knoxville, TN; the Arabian nation of Aden; Kuwait; France; Mexico; Libya; El Cajon, CA; Philippines; Thailand; Vietnam; and Moffat, CA to name a few. He retired to Alabama, the home State of Peggy who passed over three months before he succumbed to a series of strokes. They had no children. His survivors are brothers Carsten D. Carlson of San Marcos, CA and Charles R.(Ole II) Carlson of Sultan, WA, sister Sarah E. Jones of Ridgecrest, CA and several nieces and nephews. His ashes were placed in a niche at the Cemetery, Fort Rosecrans, CA where his father, PFC Charles A. Carlson, (France, WWI, US Army Signal Corps Air Service) has rested since October '60. A memorial service and military honors were provided by the USMCRD, San Diego at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery on 9 January 2004.