Mr. Ernest Boer

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Ernest Boer lived his life having "No Regrets." As a member of what is known as "The Greatest Generation" he was a proud Veteran who loved his family and country. Born in Frankfurt, Germany on March 27, 1926, "Ernie" started his remarkable journey through life. His childhood was spent between Germany and Holland allowing him to learn and speak fluently both the German and Dutch languages.
By the age of 18, it was the qualities he was made of that propelled him to start what would be over 45 years of service to country. Integrity, courage, determination, and independence were just a glimpse into the man he was and what he held true to throughout his life. Horrified by what he saw the Nazi's doing to his friends and neighbors, Ernie joined the Dutch Underground and subsequently the Dutch Army to fight against them and their evil doings. After WWII, Ernie continued his career in the Dutch Army and fought in the Dutch-Indonesian conflict.
In October of 1948, Ernie came to the United States and became a proud first-generation United States citizen through a rigorous process he had started three years earlier. He soon joined the United States Air Force and was deployed to fight in the Korean War. Through hard work and bravery, he was quickly promoted to Sergeant. Of special note during his time in the Air Force, he made over 40 successful war time jumps from airplanes and helicopters! When his daughter Ariana made her first jump out of an airplane many years later it was certainly a proud parent moment for him!!
By 1957, Ernie had distinguished himself as an expert radiation specialist. The reward for this was being assigned to support the atomic bomb series testing deep in the desert lands of Nevada. Here he witnessed several atomic bomb detonations. It would be his responsibility to travel to "ground zero" within 15 minutes of detonation to retrieve the ionization chambers for analysis. One of the best stories he ever told was of the time they "lost" an atomic bomb that was tethered to a balloon. It took the scrambling of military jets to locate it and shoot it down before disaster struck…apparently this was no big deal and all in a day's work!
In 1971 the prolongation of the Vietnam War continued. Ernie was again called upon to serve - and he did so without hesitation. He was sent to Nam as a Countermeasure Equipment Specialist for the Military Intelligence Aviation Outfit and again served his country with pride. After this tour, Ernie would spend the remainder of his career at Fort Monmouth responsible for many intelligence projects that took him all over the country and to several parts of Europe until his retirement at the age 65.
It was the culmination of all these years of service that would bring Ernie to what would be one of the most amazing and happiest days of his life. He had the honor and privilege of being chosen for an "Honor Flight" through the Collier – Lee chapter (Fort Myers, Fla). That day he spent in our nation's capital, the people he met and the experiences he had brought his "service life" full circle bringing him so much joy in the final year of his life.
In his free time Ernie enjoyed a variety of activities. From his bowling league to the daily crossword puzzle- to books, movies and country and Irish music. He attained his black belt in karate at age 67, loved to ski and travel and enjoyed the food and culture offered throughout Fort Myers, Fl.
Ernie is survived by his wife Diana. In addition, he has two daughters, Phaedra Garibaldi and Ariana DeLucia (Jim) who live in Allendale, NJ as well as three grandchildren who brought him so much pride and joy (Nicole Garibaldi, Alexis DeLucia, and Nicholas DeLucia). A memorial in his honor will be held Friday September 11th at 11 am. Given Ernie's love of country and utmost respect for his fellow comrades and veterans we know he would want any expressions of sympathy and remembrance to be directed to a cause that reflected this, the Collier County Honor Flight program. Donation information may be found at Collierhonorflight.org.