Beaufort’s “Dancing Don” Wersler, 97, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps straight from high school in June 1943. He served during World War II aboard the USS Vincennes (CL-64) as a member of a 20mm anti-aircraft gun crew. Vincennes saw service in the battles of the Mariana Islands, Philippines, Leyte Gulf, Formosa, and off Okinawa and Japan. He served 24 years in the Corps at a variety of posts from Hawaii to Newport, including Parris Island. He retired as a Master Sergeant and is known all around Beaufort for his dancing and volunteer work.
– Compiled by John Chubb, American Legion Post 9.
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