Byron D. "Jug" Varner
Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Our beloved Byron passed on peacefully on November 17th, 2006. We hope you will join his family in celebrating his life and character, and what he has meant to so many people throughout the years.
Byron's passion was this Web site and the research and writing that provided information and perspectives for military active and retired families.
In his honor we will keep the site active and each day present a random article from the archives.Bonnie Varner, Vickie Varner Johnson, Roy Varner, and Gary Varner
Bonnie J. Varner
Bonnie J. Varner (nee Guthrie) of Sarasota, Fla. passed away peacefully on August 28, 2016. Predeceased by her husband of 62 years (2006) Byron D. Varner (USN Ret.), she is survived by her three children, Vickie Johnson (Jerry) of Osprey, Fla., Roy D. Varner (Wendy) of Odessa, Fla., and Gary Varner (Resa) of Findlay, Ohio, and many beloved grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was a homemaker and loving supporter of her family. Her smile was special! She will be dearly missed.
COLD WAR MEDALS
The Department of Defense will not be creating a Cold War Service medal, and commemorative medals being sold by private vendors are not authorized for wear on military uniforms.
Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen approved a Cold War Recognition Certificate in 1999, and the Army, as executive agent, has been responsible for issuing them to any eligible applicant.
The certificate recognizes all service members and federal employees who faithfully served in the U.S. military during the Cold War era. For certificate purposes, that era is the end of World War II, Septtmber 2, 1945, to the collapse of the Soviet Union, December 26, 1991.
An e-mail distributed beginning in 2001 saying that a Cold War medal had been approved was inaccurate.
The only official site to apply for a Cold War Recognition Certificate is the Army's Web site .
Any other sites offering certificates, replicas or other commemoratives for sale are neither official nor endorsed by Department of Defense or any of the individual services.