Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vernon R. Widner, Army, Corporal -- Rest In Peace

Vernon R. Widner, 34

Army, Corporal
Based: Ft. Campbell, Ky.
3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: November 17, 2005
Tikrit (military hospital), Iraq
Married, 5 children
Gender: Male
Hometown: Redlands
Burial: Vista Memory Gardens, Truth or Consequences, N.M.

COOS BAY, Ore. — A soldier whose wife and two children live in Coos Bay died from injuries suffered in Iraq, the Army said.

Spc. Vernon R. Widner, 34, and Pfc. Anthony Alex Gaunky, 19, of Sparta, Wis., both members of the 101st Airborne Division, were in a Humvee that was intentionally struck by a civilian vehicle, according to a news release from Multi-National Forces-Iraq.

The attack closely followed an improvised explosive device detonation on the same route, the release said. Widner died Thursday and Gaunky died Friday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
Read the rest of the article about Army Corporal Vernon R. Widner in Military Times here and find him listed here.

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