Dr. Bernard Berner of Beacon, N.Y., 94, died May 12, 2012 at Castle Point Veterans Hospital.
Bernard Berner graduated high school at 14, the youngest that year in 1932 in New York City. He entered the Navy in July 1940 as an Apprentice Seaman. By the end of WWII, he had attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He had served as a line officer on a battleship and a heavy cruiser, The USS Tuscaloosa, which took part in the biggest convoy battle of the war in the Arctic Ocean, PQ17. He was then given command of The USS LST 317. He led this ship along campaigns in North Africa and into the invasion of Sicily.