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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 3, 1925
Date of death: January 28, 1951
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

Marc Paul Merner

Palo Alto, California

Long after the strains of Marc's guitar have died away, we shall still recall some of the amusing ways in which he labored to acquire professional knowledge and enjoy himself simultaneously. This philosophy frequently piled him up on upperclass reefs during plebe year; but after that, life was a breeze, giving the energetic lad time for dragging, wrestling, boxing, and thinking —of pretty girls, no doubt. "Right a hair, left a hair," Marc's coming on deck ready for a bull session on anything from sex to seamanship. Whatever the next port may be, Marc's cutting water; he's in no hurry, but he'll get there.

The Class of 1947 was graduated in June 1946 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Find A Grave:

USNA Class of 1947, Lieutenant Junior Grade Merner was the pilot of a F4U-4 Corsair fighter with Fighter Squadron 192 aboard the carrier USS PRINCETON (CV-37). On January 28, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft was hit by small arms fire and the engine lost oil pressure and suffered a runaway propeller. He ditched the aircraft off Sinpo, Korea, but he was never recovered.

Awarded : Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Class Navigation

Class of 1947
Marcus is one of 27 members of the Class of 1947 in Memorial Hall.
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