VERNON DUTTON has seen and participated in American history first hand. Now in his 70s, Vernon is a Veteran, having served his country as a Marine helicopter pilot in Viet Nam. He also taught helicopter training in Pensacola, Florida after his tour in the Far East, until completing his military obligation.
Vernon had various jobs in Florida and Arkansas in the residential home building industry until attending night school at the University of Arkansas Law School in Little Rock, Arkansas. He received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1985 and passed the Bar in 1986. He chose to take his business law knowledge into the Insurance Industry, providing Professional Liability coverage for attorneys and CPAs.
Because of his love of history and military science, Vernon became a Civil War Reenactor in 1994 at the age of 49. It is a hobby he has practiced and enjoyed consistently ever since.
He added Revolutionary War and War of 1812 reenacting to his repertoire in 2014.
Vernon had a long, unfulfilled wish of practicing Aikido. So at the age of 54 he became a student of this Japanese Martial Art. Over a 12 year period he attained the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt, retiring in 2011 as the sensei of his local DoJo. Three of his students attained the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt under his tutelage.
Vernon has always been a Civil War Buff and participated in more than 25 major reenactments plus many small living history presentations and reenactments over the last 22 years. This gave rise to the idea of his unique team building utilizing a Civil War theme.
Vernon’s mentor Walter Smith, an award winning volunteer guide at the Antietam National Battlefield, died in 1996. Vernon began receiving words to a poem about Walter that ultimately led to many more poems that just came to Vernon. At the age of 67, Vernon became a published author when Civil War Reflections, a book of Civil War poems and essays, was released in 2012.
Vernon is also writing an alternative history time travel series called Assassins of History and will soon release a motivational book, Boomers: We Aren’t Finished.
In 2014, Vernon retired from his position as a Vice President of the Regional Insurance Agency for which he worked for 25 years and began his second career as writer, team builder, coach, and body energy builder.
He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his first and second wife. They split briefly and then remarried.