|Sgt T4 Merle
Rgt HQ, 506th, 101st Airborne, Medical Detachment
Born in march of 1921 in Hooverville, Pennsylvania.
I joined the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Toccoa Georgia
in 1942. Back then Toccoa was still known as Camp Toombs.
As an original member of the 506th, i got to serve in a number of
different companies such as the Rgt HQ and Service Company. My last
assignment with the regiment was that of combat medic.
As i took part in every campaign of the 506th, the invasion in Normandy
and the liberation of The Netherlands were among them.
In Holland, i remember we landed in Son on September the 17th 1944
on a sunday afternoon. Went the whole way through Holland. Spent
some time in little place called Uden where i met a lot of really
nice people. In Nijmegen (Holland) we assisted the British troops
in getting their men across to our side.
During the Battle of the Bulge campaign (Belgium) i was awarded
the Purple Heart twice for being wounded on two seperate occassions.
When the war was over and i was back home again, I joined the US
Army Reserves where i was commissioned as an officer.
Shoulderpatch of the 101st Airborne.
Merle here with his wife Pearl,
after the war ended in the fall of 1945