50 years ago: Robert Lee Berry earns military accolades

NEW Bodden-50-years-logo-final-595x420In the June 22, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town news included:

“On April 1, Robert Lee Berry, son of Mrs. Lyndal Berry and the late John Berry, formerly of Bodden Town, began his training at the U.S. Training Center, Infantry, Fort Dix, New Jersey.

“At the conclusion of an eight-week extensive basic training course, he received a medal and was one of four boys out of 200 to be awarded the Gold and Marble Statue.

“His Certificate of Achievement reads: ‘In recognition of receiving the highest score for his unit on the physical combat proficiency course conducted at the United States Training Centre, Infantry, Fort Dix, New Jersey on April 1, 1966.

“‘His score of 475 out of a possible 500 points indicates he has proven himself proficient in a most important phase of his basic training cycle. His outstanding performance is in consonance with the highest standards and traditions of the United States Army, and entitles him to a place of honor among the ranks of the Proud Rifles.’

“Present at the award ceremony in the auditorium at the Camp, along with his mother, was her sister Mrs. Grace Whittaker of Bodden Town, who is vacationing in New York with her daughter and her family.”