Combat Infantry Badge
Purple Heart
National Defense
Vietnam Service
Vietnam Campaign
Vernon Will Always Be Remembered And Loved
August 2014
From: Vernon's younger brother, Steve Rainey
Vernon was born in Laurel, Mississippi. He
was the second child of Bryan and Anne Rainey,
and their first son.
He lived in Rainey, Mississippi until eventually
moving to Metairie, Louisiana where he lived
until being drafted into the Army.
At the airport, before leaving for NAM,
he proposed to his girlfriend.

Vernon was good friends with Dennis Osterberger,
and they were in basic and advanced infantry training together.
They flew from Alamedia, California to NAM together.
During the flight, Dennis told Vernon when they got home
from NAM they would some how get our families
together for a welcome home party.
Dennis is from Illinois and we are from New Orleans.
Vernon must have had a premonition,
because he told Dennis he wasn't going to make it home alive.
Dennis told him not to think like that
and lo and behold, he was right.
Sadly, Vernon was killed in action by hostile fire on
February 11,1971 in Bien Hoa, South Vietnam,
he was 22-years old. Also, A/2-7 Cav Troopers: Jim Ferrone, Lonnie Leech
and Mike Scruby were all wounded when Vernon was Killed.
May 3, 2009
From: Vernon's sister, Anita Rainey Price
Dearest Vernon, We celebrated dad's 84th birthday today
and what would have been your 61st.
Although you could not be there,
I know you were with us in spirit.
We love you and miss you so very much.
You gave the ultimate sacrifice for your country
and for the freedom that many take for granted.
God bless you and may you rest in peace.
Until we meet again.
I love you.
Your little sister, Anita
Sourced from:
February 13, 2008
From: Vernon's sister, Gail Rainey-Milam
My "Big Brother"
Vernon was one of six siblings, three girls and three boys.
He was the oldest son, born on our Dad's birthday.
He was a good son, a loyal friend and a great brother.
Vernon is gone from our lives, but not from our hearts
. I think about him often, with fond memories
of our childhood and young adulthood together.
Part of our family died with Vernon on February 11, 1971
but he will be in our hearts forever.
I miss you, Vernon.
God bless and keep you for the ultimate sacrifice you made for us.
Sourced from:
February 11, 2008
From: Steve Rainey
"Younger Brother - Seems Like Yesterday"
Seems like yesterday,
hunting squirrels at the farm.
Seems like yesterday,
Uncle Zeb's hogs almost caught you and I
for picking up one of the piglets.
Seems like yesterday,
we were scuba diving in the lake.
Seems like yesterday,
you left from the airport.
Seems like yesterday,
you were taken from us.
Seems like forever,
you have been gone.
Rest in Peace, and all others like you, my Little Brother.
Sourced from:
June 20, 2007
From: Vernon's sister, Carolyn Rainey Rogillio
Vernon has two brothers and three sisters
who will always treasure the time
we had with him.
He gave his life to save his fellow soldiers
and I'm sure they will never forget how brave he was.
We will always miss him, and never let him be forgotten.
Even his nieces and nephews know him,
even though they never had the chance to meet him.
Sourced from:
May 7, 2000
From: Vernon's cousin, Nancy Gail Rainey Towne
"No More Tomorrows"
In remembrance of a great young man who
left us all too soon.
I will always remember when we were little children.
We played as if there were no tomorrow.
Little did we know, that there were not many tomorrows for you,
Vernon. I love and miss you.
Sourced from:
.....  In Honor and Loving Remembrance .....

Remembrances are posted in decending chronological order (the most recent first).

May 3, 2014
From: Steve Rainey
Today we should be celebrating your Birthday and remembering Dad's.
Not the way things worked out. We miss you and think of you often. Rest in Peace, big brother.
May 3, 2013
From: Steve Rainey
Little Brother: Thinking of you on you and Dad's Birthday, as I often do.
Dad's passing was the way things are supposed to be.
You being taken from us wasn't. Rest in Peace, till we meet again.
May 3, 2013
From: Dennis Osterberg
I send this birthday message to my brother in arms, and to say,
you will always be remembered as a true friend and hero.
November 23, 2013
From: Curt Carter
"Remembering An American Hero"
Dear CPL Vernon Edward Rainey, Sir: As an American,
I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice
made on behalf of our wonderful country.
The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself,
men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand
when I get to Heaven to personally thank you
May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you;
for America, and for those who love you. With respect,
and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir. / Curt Carter
December 24, 2012
From: Jim Ferrone
"Cold Steel Brother"
Merry Christmas, my Brother. Things are good with your family.
They are thinking of you and missing you, and know your still with them.
I called your Mom yesterday, she had 35 people to feed. We miss you bro.
I hope this finds you with your Dad. Rest in Peace.
November 16, 2012
From: Vernon's sister, Carolyn Rainey Rogillio
Your friends in combat and our new family members.
We all met your friends and fellow soldiers awhile back.
Believe me, they are your true friends and spoke very highly of you as a person
and as a soldier. We can say, that they have become like family to us all.
A big Thanks to James and Lonnie for sharing a part of their lives
that know was difficult to relive. Love you Vernon, and miss you.
November 11, 2012
From: Jim Ferrone
"Cold Steel Brother"
Today, is Veterans Day and we remember all of our brothers and sisters.
I remember you every day. Hard to understand wjy you and not me.
Rest in Peace my Brother.
One day, we will see each other again. Gary Owen, Jim
October 9, 2012
From: James Ferrone
"Cold Steel Brother"
Seems like yesterday we were side by side,
then the worst that could happen did.
I think of you erery day and that morning of February 11, 1971.
.My wife and I just spent the weekend with your amazing family.
I know you are as proud of them, and that they are of you.
Their  strength comes from, as you know, your Mom
and the love and pride they have for you.
Take care my, Brother. Gary Owen, Jim
May 28, 2012
From: Vernon's sister, Anita Rainey Price
Honoring You, My Dear Brother
On this Memorial Day and every day,
thinking of you with love and honoring you
for the sacrifice you made for our country.
Please watch over my son Joel as he begins his journey with the US Army.
I love you and miss you more than words can say.
.Rest in Peace, my dear Brother.
Until we meet again. Love, Anita (your little sister)
May 3, 2012
From: Steve Rainey
"Happy Birthday"
You died the way you lived trying to help and take care of others.
Miss you, think of you often.
Happy Birthday. Love you, Steve
February 17, 2012
From: Vernon's sister, Anita Rainey Price
"Never Forgotton"
Rest in Peace with the warriors.
August 25, 2011
From: Robert Sage
"We Remember"
Vernon is buried at Soules Chapel Cemetery,
Jones County, MS. BSM-OLC PH
February 10, 2011
From: Lonnie Leech
"I Was His Squad Leader"
It will be 40 years tomorrow that we lost you.
Not a day goes by that I think of you and wonder
if I could have done anythig differently.
You were a good and faithful soldier.
As long as I can take a breath, you will be remembered.
Until we meet again. Happy trails!
Posted: May 3, 2010
From: Dennis Osterberg
"Brother in Arms"
Another birthday to remember, Vern.
Remembering you on your birthday. I will always remember!
May 25, 2009
From: Vernon's sister, Anita Rainey Price
Dearest Vernon: Thinking of you on Memorial Day and every day.
I love and miss you.
May you and the many others that gave your life for our country rest in peace.
Your little sister, Anita
May 8, 2009
Your sister, Carolyn
"Happy Birthday, Brother"
Always miss you when we celebrate Dad's birthday,
since we should be celebrating your's as well.
God had a different plan.
Don't know why, but we have no control sometimes
. One day we will be celebrating with you but for now,
just help watch over us all.
I love you and miss you.
Your big sister Carolyn
May 4, 2009
From: Vernon's sister, Gail Rainey-Milam
"Happy Birthday, Vernon"
Happy birthday Vernon.
Wish you were here to blow out the candles with Dad,
since it's his birthday too. I still miss you.
God bless you and may you
Rest in Peace til we meet again.
Love, your sister, Gail
May 3, 2009
From: Dennis Osterberg
"Buddies To The End"
We were together, and I will never forget Vern.
He was the best person I ever knew in the Army.
We flew to Viet Nam together sitting next to each other,
and always together till the end.
I never was as close to another person as I was to Vern,
and only someone who has lived together in the jungle could understand.
I will always miss you!

Posted: May 3, 2009
From: Steve  Rainey
"Youngest Brother - Happy Birthday"
Happy Birthday today.
We Will get together to celebrate Dad's Birthday,
and to remember yours.
Rest in Peace. Love, Steve
Posted: Nov 16, 2008
From: Garnet Jenkins of  Grand Junction, Colorado
"~In Tribute To A Fallen 1st Cav Hero ~"

In Remembrance of your Sacrifice for our Country,
with a Multitude of Thanks for your Courage, Service and Dedication.
Rest in Peace, CPL Vernon Edward Rainey,
and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
I am the sister of another young 1st Cav hero,
who also made the "Supreme Sacrifice" in Vietnam in 1967
~ Revelations 21:4 ~
May 3, 2008
From: Steve Rainey
"Youngest Brother, Birthdays"
You and Dad have the same birthday.
Wish you were here to share the same.
Miss you. Love lil bro, Steve
October 28, 2007
From: Manuel Pino, Jr. B/2/8th Cav 68-69
A/2-7th Cav Rgt, 1st Cav Div

May 3, 2007
From: Jennifer Burns
"Proud American"
Though you are gone you will never be forgotten!
You and men like you, are the reason we are free today!
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the sacrifices that you made!
I hold you and those like you in the highest regard
and you deserve nothing less!
I love you all, you were and always will be HEROES to me!
I promise never to take for granted the freedoms I have,
which you paid the ultimate price for! Happy Birthday!
Let no man be forgotten…
I WILL REMEMBER YOU!!! Gratefully yours, Jenn
July 7, 2006
From: A cousin, Brenda Hartfield Vincent
May, 29, 2006
From: Mike Dunne
"Basic and AIT Training Together - A Great Buddy"
Vernon was my bunkmate in basic training and Leadership Preparation
Course at Fort Polk.
We went to different high schools but lived not far apart
and knew some people in common but never met until basic training.
We often hitchhiked back to New Orleans together
and became very good friends in the short time we served together.
I think of him often on Memorial Day and visited his panel on The Wall.
Whenever I get to feeling like life has shortchanged me,
I can remember my buddy who didn't get much of a chance at it.
Rest well, my friend.
I always remember laughing together.
August 23, 2005
From: Manuel Pino, Jr. B Co 2/8th 1st Cav 68-69
"Fellow Cav Brother"
"They grow not old, as we who remain grow old,
age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
at the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
we shall remember them. We shall remember them."
May 3, 2003
From: Mark Kapinos
"Rest Well My Cav Brother"
Posted: January 22, 1999
From: A cousin, Brenda Hartfied Vincent
Always remembered and always in our prayers.
May GOD bless you and your comrades in arms.
Thank you!
May 3, 1999
From: Bob & Brenda Vincent
"Always Remembered"
Remembering you on your Birthday.
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Vernon Rainey's Honor and Memorial Webage Published to Alpha 2-7 Cav Vietnam Website: August 2014/JB Updated June 2016/JFB
The Remembrances below were sourced and edited from previous postings on the following websites:
Look For Me In Rainbows
"Time for me to go now, I won't say
Look for me in rainbows, way up in the
In the morning sunrise when all the
world is new,
Just look for me and love me, as you
know I loved you.

Time for me to leave you, I won't say
Look for me in rainbows, high up in
the sky.
In the evening sunset, when all the
world is through,
Just look for me and love me, and I'll
be close to you.

It won't be forever, the day will come
and then
My loving arms will hold you, when we
meet again.

Time for us to part now, we won't say
Look for me in rainbows, shining in
the sky.
Every waking moment, and all your
whole life through
Just look for me and love me, as you
know I loved you.

Just wish me to be near you,
And I'll be there with you."
In Honor and Loving Remembrance

Vernon Edward Rainey
May 3, 1948 - February 11, 1971
Corporal, United States Army
NAM: September 1970  -  February 1971
KIA: February 11, 1971
..... From: Vernon's younger brother, Steve Rainey .....
I would like to thank Dale Vassar who got me in touch with General Ken Burquist and got the ball rolling on finding out what happened the day my brother, Vernon, was killed they
were both great help.

Nothing can change or help with our loss along with too many others like us but the feelings we got from the fellow soldiers at the Alpha 2-7 Cav 2014 Gathering of Trooper
Brothers in Gatlinburg was a big help. Even ones that didn't know Vernon treated us as family.
"At The Wall: Remembering Our Hero, Vernon"
Anita Rainey Price, TR Rainey, Gail Rainey-Milam,
Carolyn Rainey Rogillio, Laura Rainey, Steve Rainey
Anne Rainey (Vernon's Mother)
Click on photo to enlarge
"Vernon's Rainbow"
Gatlinburg, Tennesse
July 2014
A/ 2-7 Cav Gathering of Trooper Brothers
******** Some Where Over the Rainbow  **********
Submitted by Vernon's Brother, Steve Rainey
Left: Steve's Daughter Sharon, Middle: Mrs. Rainey (Grandmother)
Right: Steve's Son, Bryan
Steve commented:
"l see Vernon every time I see my son's face, they could not look any more alike."
Update June 2016
In Honor and Loving Remembrance

Vernon Edward Rainey
May 3, 1948 - February 11, 1971
Corporal, United States Army
NAM: September 1970  -  February 1971
KIA: February 11, 1971
In Honor and Loving Remembrance

Vernon Edward Rainey
May 3, 1948 - February 11, 1971
Corporal, United States Army
NAM: September 1970  -  February 1971
KIA: February 11, 1971
From: Kenneth Bergquist
Brigadier General U.S. Army (Retired)

This is a photograph of Corporal Vernon
Rainey taken with his own camera a week
or two before he was KIA. As I understand
it, the camera was shipped to his parents
along with his personal effects after his
death. One of his siblings had the film in the
camera developed. And this picture came
from that film. His sister gave me this photo
a few years ago, which I keep on my desk
to remind me that I have much to live-up to.
It is the way I remember him, forever young
and full of life.

Garry Owen
Ken Bergquist
Alpha-6 (Nov 70 – Mar 71)
Posted February 11, 2019/JFB
From: Dean Reisch

I think of you almost every day.
The sacrifice you made gives me
the strength to face the
challenges of daily life.  

Peace be with you brother!
Hopefully, I’ll see you again

Garry Owen

Posted February 11, 2019/JFB