The crash that resulted in the death of Mount Vernon native Clinton Wermers is still under investigation, but a letter read aloud at his funeral by Lt. Col. Javier Ball revealed that Wermers was a hero to the end.
The letter, written by Ball to Wermers’ unborn child, attested to Wermers’ loyalty and giving nature, even in the face of adversity.
Lt. Clinton Ronald Wermers, 33, Milton, Fla., and formerly of Mount Vernon, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in New Orleans.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Mitchell. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., with military rites at a later date. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Will Funeral Chapel with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Ron Wermers will never forget the day his son, Clinton, offered him the chance to fly.
“We were up flying and he said, ‘OK, Dad, get the stick. You’re going to fly.’ I said, ‘I don’t know about this,’ ” said Wermers. “I might have finagled it for 15 seconds.”
The body of a Mitchell native was found late Tuesday evening in Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans.
Navy Lt. Clinton Wermers was found at 1 a.m. Wednesday close to the T-34 Turbomentor plane that he and a student pilot were flying before the accident, said Jay Cope, deputy public affairs officer for Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Florida.
The body of a Mount Vernon native was found overnight in Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans.
Navy Lt. Clinton Wermers was found at 1 a.m. Wednesday close to the T-34 Turbomentor plane he and a student pilot were flying before the accident, said Jay Cope, deputy public affairs officer for Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Florida.
The U.S. Navy on Tuesday said a Mount Vernon High School graduate who was involved in a crash over the weekend is presumed dead.
Lt. Clinton R. Wermers was serving as an instructor pilot aboard a T-34 Mentor when the plane went down Saturday night in Lake Pontchartrain, just outside of New Orleans. The student pilot aboard was rescued and taken to a hospital with mild hypothermia and moderate injuries. He has since been released.
January 27, 2010
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