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In honor of Electrician First Class, Vernon John Higgins, Navy - Served in World War II
Hometown: St. Cloud
(Submitted April 3, 2009 by Kathleen Sanchez)

I would like to pay tribute to my father, Vernon J. Higgins. Originally from Mitchell, South Dakota, he was one of the many farm boys who served during World War II. He did several years of duty in the Navy aboard an LSM in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. I always thought it ironic that a man who did not particularly care for water or like to swim would choose to be a sailor, surrounded by salty seas so different from his much-loved Dakota prairies.  But I think that shows how he was able to overcome any fears and do what he thought was right.  He cherishes the years he spent in the Navy. In his own quiet way he was proud of being able to help his family back home while honoring his commitment to the United States. He thought the world of his fellow shipmates and the ships’ commanding officers.   My dad’s personal qualities and unassuming character -- ingenuity, patience, openness, natural intelligence and his dry, subtle wit – were much appreciated by all.  And still are to this day.  Dad, I love you so very much. Thank you for all you have done for our family. 

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