Swearingen, Vernise Augustus – Obituary

Vernise A. Swearingen, 43, former Ellensburg resident, died Friday in a Tacoma Hospital from injuries received earlier last week in an accident at the Seattle-Tacoma shipyards where he was employed as a rigger.

Plant officials reported that he was crushed while unloading steel plates when he slacked off on a safety line too soon and the plates tipped over on him.

A veteran of World War I, Swearingen had enlisted for service in this war WWII, but was discharged because of a physical disability. He was awarded the Silver Star, Order of the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Meritorious Service Cross for his first World War activity when he was a member of Company G. 26th Infantry, First Division.

At the Battle of Soissons, his company attacked a machine gun nest, and he received a wound in the arm from an explosive bullet. He continued the charge and captured seven Germans in a trench, forcing them at pistol point to carry him to a dressing station.

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Vern was the son of Richard Swearingen and Martina Brown. He married Martha McEwen on November 15, 1919 in Ellensburg, WA.



White, Judy Wallis. Kittitas County, Washington Obituaries. Published by AccessGenealogy.com. Copyright 1999-2013, all rights reserved.

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