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Alvin S. Merrill
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Birth: Jun. 18, 1930
Sugar House
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Aug. 31, 2004
Burbank
Los Angeles County
California, USA

is one of the finalists for the iconic photo of the Marine with the icicles growing down his helmet at the battle of Chosin.  (see pix) It is second only to raising the flag on Iwo Jima as a Marine icon.  The reason his coat is flapping open in subzero weather is so the sweat has a chance to evaporate rather than freeze on your body.  He also wore the infamous Mickey Mouse boots that did not breath the sweat.  Thus so many Chosin Marines had frost bit feet then, and bad circulation trouble now.

He was with G-3-5,  and at the time of death still had shrapnel working its way out of his body.  His wrist tendon was wired back together after slapping bayonnetes out of the way in the fierce hand to hand in Korea.  He also is the inventor and patent holder of the original Frannie Night Sighting system that has been so successfully reverse engineered these days by the sporting companies for night hunting.

The abriev's on the headstone are Bronze Star Medal with valor
Purple Heart & Gold Star

born Sugar House, Salt Lake County, Utah
died Burbank, Los Angeles County, CA 
 
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 Parents:
  Lewis Bigler Merrill (1887 - 1937)
  Elsie Doris Jarvis Merrill (1897 - 1979)
 
 Siblings:
  Lewis Jarvis Merrill (1919 - 1995)*
  Margaret May Merrill Durfee (1922 - 2005)*
  Elsie Merrill (1924 - 2009)*
  David Walter Merrill (1926 - 1945)*
  Alvin S. Merrill (1930 - 2004)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 54 Site 73
 
Maintained by: tsayrate
Originally Created by: Hope
Record added: Jun 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14613114
Alvin S. Merrill
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Alvin S. Merrill
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Alvin S. Merrill
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- bob tarte
 Added: Mar. 5, 2014
 
 
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