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Allegiance  United States
Battles and wars  World War I
Name  Remington B.
Battles/wars  World War I
Rank  1Lt

Remington D. B. Vernam
Born  March 24, 1896 Rutherford, New Jersey (1896-03-24)
Died  December 1, 1918, Longwy, France
Place of burial  St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial, France
Awards  Distinguished Service Cross
Service/branch  United States Army Air Service
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Lieutenant Remington D. B. Vernam (March 24, 1896 - December 1, 1918) was an American pilot who had enlisted in the French air service during World War I, and was transferred to the United States Army Air Service after American entry into the war.

He attained ace status when he shot down three enemy observation balloons and three enemy planes. He shared his first victory, a balloon on 12 August 1918, with Charles Lefevre while with Escadrille 96. His remaining five victories were scored between 10 and 30 October 1918. Vernam was shot down behind German lines on October 30, 1918, aged 22, later dying from his wounds. He is buried in the St. Mihiel American Cemetery in France.

Citation

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Remington D. B. Vernam, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Buzancy, France, October 10, 1918. Successively attacking two enemy balloons, which were moored to their nests, Lieutenant Vernam displayed the highest degree of daring. He executed his task despite the fact that several enemy planes were above him, descending to an altitude of less than ten meters when five miles within the enemy lines. His well-directed fire caused both balloons to burst into flames."

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