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Merrill’s Marauders to honor their World War II Commanders

Merrill’s Marauder, Gilbert Howland, a World War II, Korea and a two-tour Vietnam veteran, who was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in June, points to his Hall of Fame citation displayed in the Fort Benning Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade headquarters. (Courtesy photo)

By Jonnie Melillo Clasen, Merrill’s Marauders liaison officer Daughter, Merrill’s Marauder Vincent Melillo / FORT BENNING, Ga. – Seventy-three years after their top-secret mission in the China Burma India Theater, two of the 18 surviving Merrill’s Marauders will honor their World War II commanders by placing wreaths on their grave sites Aug. 4 at West Point. Merrill’s Marauders, Robert “Bob”

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Oldest surviving Merrill’s Marauder dies at 100

Pilcher in 2014 after being presented with an award for his leadership in Civil Affairs

By Jonnie Clasen / MCCLEAN, Va. – Retired Maj. Gen. Milton A. Pilcher, 100, died peacefully on Easter Sunday in Virginia. He was the oldest living original Merrill’s Marauder. http://www.marauder.org/ Pilcher served as a communications officer with Merrill’s Marauders and the Mars Task Force for 18-months in the China Burma India Theater. “My brother and his wife, and my husband

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Bells rang on Labor Day to honor WWII Rosie the Riveters

Jean Liporato, a 97-year-old Rosie the Riveter from Columbus, Georgia, joined individuals and organizations in the United States and Europe who rang bells at 1 p.m. on Labor Day to honor Rosie the Riveters. (Photo by Danielle Davis)

By Jonnie Melillo Clasen, Merrill’s Marauders Liaison Officer / World War II Rosie the Riveters were honored on Labor Day in the United States and Europe when individuals and organizations rang bells simultaneously at 1 p.m. EST. “Ring a bell for Rosies” was initiated by an organization, Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc., in West Virginia to draw national and international

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‘Expendable’ WWII Merrill’s Marauders survive into their 100s

On March 18, 1944, men and animals from the 2nd Battalion cross the Tanai River on a bamboo bridge built by Kachin tribesmen, working with the Office of Strategic Services, near the village of Ning Awng.

By Jonnie Melillo Clasen, Merrill’s Marauders Liaison Officer / Three Merrill’s Marauders, 1944 survivors of the secret mission of almost 3,000 presidential volunteers who fought through the disease-ridden “forgotten theater” of World War II, the China-Burma-India Theater, have lived to the age of 101. Another made it to 100. Living to be a centenarian is remarkable. What is even more

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Oldest WW II Merrill’s Marauder John Jones dies at 101

John Jones Jr., eldest of the late John M Jones' five children, accepts the flag from Camp Frank D. Merrill Ranger instructor Master Sgt. Jason W. Wistoski. (Photo by Jonnie M. Clasen)

By Jonnie Melillo Clasen / The oldest remaining original World War II Merrill’s Marauder, John M. Jones, died peacefully July 26 in Greeneville, Tenn., surrounded by his family. Jones was 101. Friends and family gathered from throughout the United States to fill the historic St. James Episcopal Church for his July 30 funeral, officiated by the Rev. Chris Starr. His

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