• College/Year: RC '44
  • Links to Oral History Sessions: Merkle, Gerald Henry (October 25, 2004)
  • Conflict(s): World War II
  • Military Branch & Unit: Army
  • Theater(s): American; European
  • US Army Division: 453rd Antiaircraft Artillery Auto Weapons Battalion
  • US Army Other: Battery B; Camp Patrick Henry/Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation; Norfolk Army Base


Lt. Col. Merkle served as an antiaircraft artillery officer before transferring to the Transportation Corps, where he served as a liaison officer onboard the S/S George B. McClellan, which traveled from the US to the ETO during World War II. Afterwards, he supervised a POW Camp at Camp Patrick Henry and munitions operations at Hampton Roads and Norfolk.