10/24/2016: "Death Notice for Jerome L. Wertenberger 981st 70-71"
This posting was provided by Erin R. Stainaker, Jerome's daughter. Her father died October 20, 2016.
We lost another one. Jerome L. Wertenberger 981st MP Co. Sentry
Cam Ranh Bay, Phan Rang, Da Nang. K-9 Combat MP. He is my hero and the reason I joined the MP Corps. After the war my Dad was HVAC, he was a mechanic and drag racer.
My Dad loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and he bought me my first pony and was my first horsemanship teacher. My Dad taught me how to train dogs, shoot, drive and cook hard tack in a dutch oven.
I don't have any uniformed pics of my Dad, but here he is outside of the 981 and this is his K9 Prince. We have some of his letters from overseas. My Dad never forgave the Army for leaving the dogs there. I am so glad times have changed.
Rest Easy Sergeant. You are and will be dearly missed.
As a family we dealt with the aftermath of the war that he NEVER spoke of but was there with him everyday. I became a VSO with the DAV because of my Dad. It seemed that in every Veteran I was seeing my Dad. I knew how to talk with them, I knew the language and I knew how to listen. I love you Dad, you inspired me in so many aspects of my life. I will carry on, we all will and the world was a better place for having you in it.