Sgt. Merlin German
United States Marine Corps
November 15, 1985 - April 11, 2008
Tributes

This Memorial Page Established by-SFC Rodney L. Brewer
In Honor Of SGT Merlin German

Sergeant Merlin German, 22, of Manhattan, New York.
German died at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, from wounds
he suffered while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province,
Iraq, on February 22, 2005. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 11th
Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp
Pendleton, Calif., while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom. German's parent unit was 2/11. He was medically retired September
28, 2007, as a result of his injuries. He died on April 11, 2008. There
was an explosion and a large percent of his body was burned severely.  
www.patriotguard.org  check the archives for recently completed
missions... There is a picture of Merlin dancing with his Mother that is
absolutely heartwrenching...   Christmas in Arlington...
Rest easy, sleep well my brother, Merlin.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell....,.  

SFC Rod.

Sergeant Merlin German was born 15 November 1985 in Manhattan, New York. He enlisted
in the Marine Corps 08 September 2003 and received a meritorious promotion to Private
First Class out of boot camp.   in April 2004, Sergeant German transferred to his first
permanent duty station, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division where he served as
a Field Artillery Cannoneer.  Shortly after Sergeant German was assigned to his unit, he was
sent to Machinegunner's Course. Among the Corporals and Sergeants, he was the only
Private First Class to attend the course. Sergeant German's outstanding leadership skills
helped him to graduate second in his class.

        In September 2004, Sergeant German's unit was attached to 2nd Battalion, 11th
Marines and became part of Weapons Platoon for convoy security.  His unit was charged
with safely transporting prisoners and cargo, and Sgt German participated in over 150
successful missions.  

        Sergeant German's Platoon Sergeant and Company Commander applauded him for
his keen sense of spotting improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In the first six months of
deployment, Sergeant German found 8 IEDs without anyone sustaining injuries.  On 21
February 2005, Sergeant German's squad was on a mission to recon an unknown route
from Jordan to Baghdad.  While en route to Camp Ramadi, Sergeant German spotted an
IED while standing in the turret at his Mk-19 machine gun.  With no time to alert the driver,
their HUMVEE was hit on a left side by a gas-fed shape charge explosive.  Sergeant German
was blown clear of the vehicle,  and his fellow Marines helped extinguish the flames that
had quickly burned 97% of his total body surface area.

        Sergeant German was immediately transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
in Germany where doctors stated Sergeant German had NO chance of living.  He had a
quick turn-around flight to the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio and
he arrived on 25 February 2005.   He was cared for as an inpatient for 17 months, and then
resided as a guest of the Fisher House before purchasing his own home in San Antonio.  

        Sergeant German fought bravely for more than three years but died in the hospital on
11 April 2008 while recovering from his most recent operation.  He is survived by his
parents, Hemery and Lourdes German, his sisters, Marcia and Lawren  and his brothers,
Ariel, Freddie, Johnny, Alejandro and Julio.




















Last December, after months of practice so he could lift his arms, turn and pivot, he donned
his Marine dress blues and hit the dance floor at Brooke's Holiday Ball.

He surprised his mother, taking her into his wounded arms, gliding smoothly across the
room to a melody he chose -- a Rod Stewart song, "Have I Told You Lately That I Loved
You?"

The crowd stood and applauded. And cried.
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Bob Ellis
USN 80-86
In Memory of Ed "OldIron" Barrett
"Remember that no matter how many missions you have been on, all that matters to the
family is the one you are on today." ~ Roert

TLSmith
Posts: 139
Franklin, NC - WNC
15 Apr 2008 7:06 AM Alert   
My heart stopped when I saw this thread...
God bless Merlin and his family ... I had the honor of meeting him and visiting with him and
family at BAMC...
I know God has the design for all of us...
I have NEVER met a more incredible man that Sgt. Merlin German...who INSISTED we call
him Merlin...
Godspeed....
ALL my love to the family...today and always...
I was blessed to have met you all....
ALWAYS.
Tammy
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♥ Faith or Fear...your choice. ♥
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have
succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

T-Bone
Posts: 1480
Georgia
15 Apr 2008 7:14 AM Alert   
To the family and friends of Sgt. Merlin German, please know that our thoughts and prayers
are with you during this very difficult time of sorrow as you mourn the loss of your loved
one. This is a hard thing for all of us, please know that we are grieving with you. Sgt. Merlin
German, United States Marine Corps and American Hero, we Salute you Sir, and we Thank
you for your service, and the sacrifice you've made for our Country and our Freedom. May
our Heavenly Father receive you into his kingdom, and as you receive your NEW Body,
your glorified body, with no more pain, no more scars and no more suffering, I knwo that
You'll walk the Streets of Gold with Marine Pride. Rest at Ease soldier, your mission her is
completed.
T-Bone and Keeper
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T-Bone and Keeper
Georgia PGR....PART OF IT!....PROUD OF IT!

krayzrick
Posts: 196
Montgomery, Alabama
15 Apr 2008 7:18 AM Alert   
Never forget what our soldiers must endure for our freedoms. Sgt. German, you are a Hero.
Rest In Peace sir... I stand with you in spirit  


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27th Engr./11th Cav. 66-67
Xuan Loc
7th Engr./5th Mech. Div. 68
Quang Tri
9/11/2001 Never Forget
America's soldiers guard our way of life, and the Patriot Guard Riders cover their backs.....

Dec 17, 2008
Rose Camero-Gill
To the family of Sgt. Merlin German, USMC,
I would like to express my sympathy on the loss of your precious son.  I know the pain you
are feeling for my beloved son, Cpl. Steven P. Gill was killed by an IED on 21 July 05 in
Ziadon, Iraq.  Our lives have forever changed since that day.  May you know German family
that your son will never be forgotten for his bravery and his love of country.For "Freedom is
not Free".  Semper Fi, Rose Camero-Gill, Gold Star Mom
Sign Guestbook
22, of Manhattan, N.Y.; assigned to the 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I
Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died April 11 at Brooke Army Medical Center,
San Antonio, from wounds sustained while conducting combat operations in Anbar, Iraq, on Feb.
22, 2005. He had been medically retired on Sept. 28, 2007, as a result of his injuries.