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Updated: 10/07/2013 08:00:00AM

Lt. Greenwood flew 33 missions

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This was Greenwood's bomber crew. He is the fellow in the front at the far left. Next to him is George Price, pilot of the four-engine bomber who Greenwood said was the best B-24 pilot in the Air Corps. The picture was taken on Morotai Island in the Pacific in 1945.

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In the center of this aerial photo is a bombed out Japanese headquarters building Greenwood demolished on Tawao Island in the East Indies.

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Greenwood is pictured in December 1970 when he was promoted to full colonel in the Air Force. He served 35 years in the military beginning in 1943 during World War II.

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Vern Greenwood of Punta Gorda Isles today at 89.

By DON MOORE

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Vern Greenwood of Punta Gorda Isles had signed up for the Aviation Cadet Program on Dec. 1, 1942, almost exactly a year after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, dragging the United States into World War II.

More than a year later, in February 1943, Uncle Sam came calling. By this time, Greenwood was a freshman in Brigham Young University in Utah. He went to basic at Fresno Army Air Field in Fresno, Calif.

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