HOWARD D. MERRILL, ENS, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 16, 1917
Date of death: December 7, 1941
Age: 23

Lucky Bag

1940 Merrill LB.jpg

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:

HOWARD DEAL MERRILL

Utah

Howard was one westerner who really didn't have to go far away to taste salt water. Plebe summer and plebe year were easy for him because he learned quickly that the Commandant's cat ranked above a plebe. He was a confirmed "Red Mike," for he found interest in things that never disturbed one's sleep or studies; he is one of the gifted few that know what to leave alone. Academics were just an easy hurdle to him, with a veiw of better things yet to come. Hailing from the Rockies, he brought a little of their ruggedness and determination with him. Once Ute makes up his mind, not even dynamite can change it.

Loss

Howard was lost in USS Arizona (BB 39) during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

His father was listed as next of kin.

Namesake

USS Merrill (DE 392) was named for Howard.


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Class of 1940
Howard is one of 89 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.
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