Vernon O’Meally was born in Jamaica, New York and opted to enlist in the Air Force in 1952 rather than being drafted for the Korean War. He graduated from Aviation Cadet training and was commissioned in 1954. His aviation career included various assignments in bombers and transports.
Vern is a Vietnam Veteran, serving in SEA from 1968 to 1970. This included an exciting tour in AC-130 Spectre Gunships. Vern has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart and 7 Air Medals. In 2009, he was awarded the NJ Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the NJ Vietnam Service Medal.
He has been a Tour Guide since January 2010 and is dedicated to keeping alive the story of the Vietnam Era and to honor those who served.
Vern lives with his wife Frankie in the Atlantic Highlands and is a great grandfather.