Merle served as a Platoon Sergeant, 4th Marine Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
He resided in California prior to the war.
Merle became a POW of the Japanese Army during the "Fall Of the Philippines" in 1942.
He "Died While A POW" of the Japanese Army at Hoten Pow Camp, Mukden, Manchuria 42-123 (China) during the war.
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in the POW Camp in China and was repatriated here on January 24, 1949.
Service # 178049
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
California; Platoon Sergeant, 4 Marines, World War II
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