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James Berner

   PALESTINE - Graveside services for James Cullen Berner, 83, Palestine, are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Chapel of the Air at Land of Memory Cemetery with Rod Ellenburg officiating under direction of Herrington Land of Memory Funeral Home, Palestine.
   Mr. Berner died Oct. 22 in a Palestine hospital.
   He was born June 4, 1915, in Brookhaven, Miss., to the late John Abner and Thelma Rives Berner. He served in the Army with the 508th Parachute Infantry during World War II. He lived in Palestine since 1973 and was a retired foreman with U.S. Postal Service and a member of First Baptist Church, McComb, Miss., and of Disabled American Veterans, J.W. Cantrell Chapter 63, Palestine. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Louise Berner.
   Survivors include his wife, Cora McQueen' Berner, Palestine; sons, James Allen Berner, Houston, and Steve Roy Berner, Alvin; sister, Monette Brooke, Alvin; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.

[Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, TX, 23 Oct 1998, Fri, Page 17]

[courtesy of Brian Atwood]

Grave marker for James C. Berner in Land of Memory Cemetery, Palestine (Anderson county), Texas.

James enlisted in the Army at Camp Shelby, MS on 19 November 1942.  He was 1 of 14 men from Jackson, MS enlisting that day, but the only one that chose parachutist duty.

He arrived at Camp Blanding at 1800 hours the following day and was assigned to Company G, 508th PIR.

On 16 October 1943, while a patient at Thomas E. Lawson General Hospital, Atlanta, GA, Cpl Berner was given a CDD [Certificate of Disability for Discharge]

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