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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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