Bernard was born in Baltimore, Maryland August 1, 1982, at the age of 6 he along with his mother and brother relocated to Darlington, South Carolina. Bernard was deployed to Al Taji, Iraq June 10, 2005 he was killed in action October 14, 2005 when an 18 wheeler infiltrated the convoy his hummer  was hit caught fire, causing his demise he  along with 2 of  his comrades (Sgt Brian Conners and Pfc Samuel Boswell) made the ultimate sacrifice. October 28, 2005 Cpl. Bernard L Ceo was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Throughout his life he showed a love of learning and kindness. 

Bernard attended Darlington Elementary school and Darlington High, while residing in South Carolina he played on the Darlington Baseball team as first baseman; he also played football  full back for Darlington High. (for a short time) Freestate Challenge Academy in Aberdeen, Md. However, he went on to finish his schooling at Woodstock job Center graduate of 2001. Bernard had multiple interests, playing sports, writing music playing the keyboard and cooking; culinary was his favorite, he enjoyed cooking and  baking especially during the holidays. He also enjoyed barbecuing and working in the garden; he worked as a substitute teacher  at Harford Heights as a Gym teacher he was a counselor at Dickeyville school for trouble children. At the time of his death he was working part time at the Fifth Regiment armory in the car pool and full time at Kennedy Krieger working with children with special needs.

Bernard received Certificate of Appreciation from Kennedy Krieger he also received from Careers Technology Center in honor of teachers Appreciation week May 9th 2003.

Bernard decided to take the path of Glory after the fall of the towers and the other horrific  crimes that happen on September 11,  2001. When he joined the National Guard he told his mother, “Mom someone has to do it”, Bernard had made up his mind that he wanted to serve and protect his country.  

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