Sergeant Vanderburg was a member of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy near Chipyong-ni, South Korea on February 15, 1951. Sergeant Vanderburg was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Even though I never knew him (he died before I was born), Vernon was my cousin, and I'm sure I would have loved him very much. From what I've been told by his older siblings (obviously my cousins as well), he was a fun, warm and loving person.