Merrell, Louis Raymond, Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 521, 1st Raider Bn
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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 Personal Details 

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1922
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Cpl George Reilly to remember Marine Sgt Louis Raymond Merrell (Ray).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Marshall, Mo.
Last Address
827 Dixie
Liberty, Mo. 64068

Date of Passing
Sep 09, 2019
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback US Marine Corps Honorable Discharge (Original)


 Military Association Memberships
American LegionPost 8154, George R. Baxmann 6th Marine Division AssociationUnited States Marine Raiders Association
  2003, American Legion [Verified]
  2003, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8154, George R. Baxmann (Member At Large) (United States) [Verified]
  2003, 6th Marine Division Association [Verified]
  2003, United States Marine Raiders Association [Verified]


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New Guinea Campaign (1942-44)/Landing at Emirau
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
 The Landing on Emirau (20-27 March 1944) was the last of the series of operations that made up Operation Cartwheel, General Douglas MacArthur's strategy for the encirclement of the major Japanese base at Rabaul. A force of nearly 4,000 United States Marines landed on the island of Emirau on 20 March 1944. The island was not occupied by the Japanese and there was no fighting. It was developed into an airbase which formed the final link in the chain of bases surrounding Rabaul. The isolation of Rabaul permitted MacArthur to turn his attention westward and commence his drive along the north coast of New Guinea toward the Philippines.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Aug 28, 2014
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
We were sitting on coconut logs watching a movie one night when it was announced on the loudseaker to report back to camp and pack our sea bags. The next morning, March 17th, we boarded the USS Callaway. We didn't know where we were going! We thought we might be going back to Bougainville as the Japs had pulled some counter attacks and the army was having problems.It took three days to go to Emirau. We landed and there were no Japs. They had left a few days before. We set up guns on the beach, as we had to stand watch for a counter attack. We were bombed at night by a stray Jap plane. It was a pretty and nice sandy beach. Our guns were under big trees-camouflaged. Emirau was a small island where the US wanted to build an airstrip, so the Seabees built one. March 25th I wrote a V-Mail letter telling Helen it was the first day I could write, and told her in code that I was on Emirau. I practically lived in the ocean; it was the only way to keep cool, and the sand felt good to my feet.

April 4th, the moon was shining bright, and it was misting rain, so there ws a pretty rainbow at night.

We would swim out to the end of the coral reef, take a hand grenade, pull the pin and drop the hand grenade to the bottom of the ocean. It would stun the fish, and they would come to the top. Then we would have fish to eat. We now call the Emirau operation "Bloody Emirau".

We left Emirau on the USS DuPage April 12th and were back on Guadalcanal on the 15th.


   
Units Participated in Operation

4th Marine Regiment

4th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
Emirau - On the Beach at Emirau  1944

  26 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Barker, Milton, Cpl, (1943-1951)
  • Gorzalski, Leonard John, PFC, (1942-1944)
  • Hubbard, Jay W., BGen, (1940-1972)
  • Kostic, George, PFC, (1942-1944)
  • Lewis, Gordon Rhys, 1stLt, (1943-1945)
  • Mitchell, William Edgar, PFC, (1941-1944)
  • Sliva, Leonard Robert, PFC, (1942-1944)
  • Wallis, Robert Conrad, Cpl, (1943-1944)
  • Wood, James, Cpl, (1943-1945)
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