Col. NEIL F. MEURLIN, USAF (Ret.)
Colonel Neil F. Meurlin (USAF Ret.) passed away on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2012 at 89 years old. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 5, 1923, he enlisted in the Army
in 1942. He received his commission in 1944 and participated in the Pacific Theater during WWII
, fighting bravely in the battle of Okinawa. He was one of the founders of the Vermont Air National Guard, The Green Mountain Boys. They were first called to active duty for the Korean War
and have served in every major conflict since. He served tours in Udine and Aviano Italy, the Pentagon, Ankara, Turkey, Wheelus AFB, Tripoli, Libya and Denver, Colorado. While at Wheelus he served as Vice Base Commander and during the 1967 Mid-East War he lead the evacuation of more than 6000 dependents to safe havens. He retired after thirty years of service. He then went on to be an officer of Home Federal Savings & Loan, Washington, DC for nine years.
He received a BS in Economics from the University of Vermont and a MBA from Michigan State University. Among other groups, he was a member of the Ethan Allen Lodge, F&AM, Sinai Temple AAONMS, and a member of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church for over 30 years where he served as an Elder and Deacon.
Colonel Meurlin's wife of 58 years, Phyllis Wood Meurlin, predeceased him in 2005. Together they had two sons, Keith Wood of Oak Hill, VA and Craig Neil of Grand Rapids, MI, their wives, Beth Constantinides and Rhonda Farr, four grandchildren, Ethan, Jeffrey, Tyler and Rebecca Kaufman and seven great-grandchildren, Murdoch, Caroline, Harrison, Lilian, Grace, Liam and Adelaide.
A memorial service will be conducted at Mt Vernon Presbyterian Church, Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, VA on November 17 at 10 am. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, SOAR Program.