Fred Merritt, a retired US Army
Colonel died on July 13, 2014. Fred was born in Olean, New York on December 31, 1930. He entered the service on 29 September 1949, taking the oath in Buffalo, NY and heading for Fort Knox, KY to join the US Army. In October 1950 he started OCS in Ft Riley, KS. From there he went on to Ft. Bliss, TX, then to the Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA, followed by an assignment to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In November, 1952 he went to Alaska. From there he went to Ft. Sill, OK to take what they call the Field Artillery Transition Officer's Course, followed by an assignment to the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY, from there to Ft. Stewart, GA, and Fort Sill, OK. He also served overseas in Germany, Iran, Taiwan and Vietnam. His medals include Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal w/V Device; Joint Service Commendation Medal w/1st Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal; Purple Heart
; Good Conduct Medal; Senior Parachutist Badge; National Defense Service Medal w/1st Oak Leaf Cluster; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm; Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ Silver Star.
He and his wife Hannelore enjoyed their retirement in Virginia. He is survived by his wife Hannelore, two sons James and Robert and four grandchildren. Fred was a soft-hearted soul, honest to a fault, able to see both sides of a story and never out for self-glorification.
Viewing on Wednesday, June 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mount Castle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Boulevard, Dale City, VA 22193, Tel: 703-680-1234. Funeral Services to be held on Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Funeral Home with interment following at Quantico National Cemetery.