Sergeant Newman served with B-36, Project Rapid Fire and as the Team Sergeant on A- 361. Only 12 Special Forces members were chosen to attend the elite Seal training. Bragg, NC, and graduated in the 82nd Airborne Division. Entering the military at such a young age, he later pursued his education and obtained his Bachelors degree. Upon early retirement, he went to work for the Melbourne Police Department under Chief Croton. Earle left the Sheriff’s Department in 1994 to take the Police Chief position in Sebastian, FL.
Earle always said it was an honor and privilege to serve his country and wear the Green Beret.
He was a lifetime member of the John Wayne Chapter 21 Special Forces Association of Merritt Island, FL and was also a member of the Florida Police Chief’s Association.
Earle was born in Gross Pointe Farms, MI, to Earle & Beverlee Petty on February 13, 1936.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of 58 years who he loved and respected dearly.
Amongst his many Military Awards Bernie is the recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Silver Star, First Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star 'V,' First Silver Cluster, Army Commendation 'V,' First Silver Cluster, Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Second Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Medal, Second Oak Leaf Cluster. Earle joined the elite group of Special Forces in 1965. He served under the Commands of General William Westmoreland and General Yarborough. He worked with the state department to assemble a group of 200 police officers from around the world to train Bosnian police officers.
A Life member of the SFA, M-3748, as well as the SOA Bernie was well respected and loyal to those he served with and those friends he made along his way and within both associations. Earle retired from the Army in September of 1973, being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. In 1993, Earle underwent emergency heart surgery at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
All who knew him will miss Bernie passed away Sept. One year later, he won several gold medals at the International Law Enforcement Olympics in cycling. After Earle’s return from Bosnia, he went back to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Phil Williams.
He stayed on with the Sheriff’s Department, retiring as South Precinct Commander in 2005.
He also leaves his sons, Steven (Susan) Petty, Earle L.
(Crystell) Petty III, and daughter, Lisa Oas, brother Walter S.
(Mary) Petty, II, sisters Tommy Lu Conlogue and Sandra (Dale) Kile.